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Employment Equity Act, 1998 (Act No. 55 of 1998)

Code of Good Practice

HIV and Aids and the World of Work

3. Objectives of the Code


The primary objective of this Code is to provide guidelines to assist employers, workers and their organisations to develop and implement comprehensive gender sensitive HIV and AIDS workplace policies and programmes. These policies and programmes must be developed within the framework of decent work in the formal and informal sectors in both the public and private sectors to:

(a) eliminate unfair discrimination and stigma in the workplace based on real or perceived HIV status, including dealing with HIV testing, confidentiality and disclosure;
(b) promote access to education, equitable employee benefits and employment protection;
(c) manage grievance procedures in relation to HIV and AIDS;
(d) create a safe and healthy working environment;
(e) promote appropriate and effective ways of managing HIV and AIDS and TB in the workplace; and
(f) give effect to the international and regional obligations of the Republic of South Africa on HIV and AIDS and TB in the world of work.