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Earning above R21,198 per month? Take note

───   OLEBOGENG MOTSE 08:20 Fri, 12 Apr 2024

Earning above R21,198 per month? Take note | News Article
Kenneth Lennox from the Consolidated Employers Organisation in studio at OFM

Employees exceeding this threshold are excluded from various BCEA provisions, encompassing ordinary hours of work, overtime, compressed working weeks, and more.

South Africa's Department of Employment and Labour has implemented revisions to the earnings threshold, a crucial determinant under the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA). 

This alteration signifies a pivotal shift for workers whose salaries surpass R21,200 per month in 2024, as they will forfeit certain automatic protections. Shedding light on this subject matter is Kenneth Lennox, he is a dispute resolution official and attorney at the Consolidated Employers Organisation (CEO).

The earnings threshold delineates the boundaries of automatic protections guaranteed by the BCEA. He discussed the significance of understanding these changes for employers and employees with the OFM Business Hour.

Effective April 1st, the new earnings threshold stands at R254,371.67, representing a notable increase from the previous year's threshold of R241,110.59. This recalibration translates to just under R21,198 per month, marking a critical threshold for employee entitlements.

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In dissecting the legal intricacies, Lennox points out that employees exceeding this threshold are excluded from various BCEA provisions, encompassing ordinary work hours, overtime, compressed working weeks, and more. Furthermore, the scope extends to provisions within the Labour Relations Act, particularly temporary and fixed-term employment services.

Additionally, Lennox underscores the impact on dispute resolution mechanisms, particularly within the framework of the Employment Equity Act. Employees surpassing the threshold encounter limitations in referring disputes related to unfair discrimination to the CCMA, except in specific circumstances such as sexual harassment.

The ramifications of these adjustments extend beyond legal technicalities. Lennox highlights the potential financial implications for employers, particularly regarding overtime payments and remuneration structures. He advocates for a proactive approach, urging employers to conduct comprehensive assessments to mitigate risks of inadvertent contraventions and ensure compliance with evolving legislative frameworks.

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Understanding the concept of earnings is pivotal in navigating these changes. Lennox clarifies that earnings encompass an employee's regular annual remuneration, excluding certain deductions such as income tax, pension fund contributions, and medical aid payments. Notably, subsistence and transport allowances, along with overtime payments, fall outside the purview of remuneration in this context.

Lennox said stakeholders must adapt to these adjustments swiftly and strategically. With a nuanced understanding of the revised earnings threshold and its implications, employers and employees can navigate the evolving landscape of labour legislation effectively, fostering compliance and equitable workplace practices.

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