Macro Environment: Impact of Recent Legislations Grade 12 24 March 2023 1 Min Read Last Update: 4 April 2023 Quiz Time Welcome to Macro Environment: Impact of Recent Legislations Grade 12 Quiz You can practice as many times as you want until you get all the answers 100% right. Let's get Started Which of the following is NOT a primary objective of the Skills Development Act of 1998 in South Africa? Promoting skills development and training Encouraging economic growth Reducing the national unemployment rate Encouraging foreign investment Which of the following is NOT exempt from paying Skills Development Levies in South Africa? A government department A registered charitable organization exempt from income tax A small business with an annual payroll of R400,000 A large corporation with an annual payroll of R5 million Which of the following is a primary function of the National Skills Authority in South Africa? Collecting Skills Development Levies from employers Advising the Minister of Higher Education and Training on skills development policy Providing direct training to employees in various sectors Implementing learnership programs in companies What percentage of their payroll are employers required to contribute to the National Skills Fund under the Skills Development Levies Act of 1999? 0.5% 1% 1.5% 2% Which South African organization is responsible for the collection of Skills Development Levies from employers? Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) National Skills Authority South African Revenue Service (SARS) National Skills Fund In which South African industry would the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services SETA (merSETA) primarily operate? Agriculture Manufacturing and Engineering Information Technology Health and Social Development Which initiative allows individuals to be recognized and accredited for the skills and knowledge they have acquired through informal learning and work experience, as outlined in the Skills Development Act? Workplace Skills Plan National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Learnership programs Which of the following is an example of a training initiative that SETAs provide funding for? University scholarships Learnerships Primary school education Student loan repayment programs Which body is primarily responsible for resolving disputes under the Labour Relations Act (LRA) in South Africa? The Labour Court The National Labour Commission The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration (CCMA) The Department of Labour A South African company is planning to restructure its workforce, which will result in retrenchments. What action must the company take to comply with the LRA? Notify employees and trade unions of the intended retrenchments Seek legal advice before making any decisions Retrench employees without giving a reason None of the above A South African employer wants to lockout its employees during a collective bargaining dispute. Under the LRA, which of the following conditions must be met for the lockout to be considered legal? The employer must provide 48 hours' notice of the lockout The employer must have exhausted all other dispute resolution options The employer must ensure that the lockout does not endanger the lives or safety of others All of the above A South African company is experiencing a prolonged strike by its employees, which has been ruled as an unprotected strike by the CCMA. What action can the company legally take under the LRA? Fire all striking employees without notice Obtain a court interdict to end the strike Hire replacement workers during the strike Lockout the striking employees In South Africa, an employee has been dismissed for misconduct. The employee claims the dismissal was unfair and files a dispute with the CCMA. If the CCMA fails to resolve the dispute through conciliation, what is the next step? The dispute is referred to the Labour Court The dispute is referred to arbitration The dispute is referred to the Department of Labour The dispute is considered resolved A small business in South Africa has recently dismissed an employee without following the proper procedures. What consequences might the business face under the Labour Relations Act (LRA)? A fine Reinstatement of the employee Compensation All of the above A medium-sized South African business is found to be non-compliant with the EEA. What penalty could the company face? Temporary suspension of business operations. Imprisonment of the company's directors. Fines imposed by the Department of Employment and Labour. No penalties, as the EEA does not have enforcement mechanisms. Which of the following statements is TRUE regarding the Employment Equity Act (EEA)? The EEA only applies to large businesses with more than 100 employees. The EEA requires employers to hire a minimum percentage of employees from designated groups. The EEA applies to all employers, regardless of the size of their business. The EEA allows employers to discriminate in favor of employees from designated groups in all aspects of employment. Which of the following is NOT an obligation of employers under the Employment Equity Act (EEA)? Developing and implementing an employment equity plan. Analyzing their workforce demographics. Reporting progress in achieving employment equity targets. Ensuring that all employees are members of a trade union. A South African company is required to submit an annual report on their progress towards achieving employment equity targets. To which government department should this report be submitted? Department of Trade and Industry Department of Justice Department of Employment and Labour Department of Home Affairs In order to promote equal opportunities and fair treatment for all employees in a South African company, the Employment Equity Act (EEA) focuses on: The hiring process only. The promotion process only. The entire employment lifecycle, from recruitment to termination. Employee benefits and compensation only. A South African company is planning to hire new employees for their expanding business. In order to comply with the Employment Equity Act (EEA), the company should: Only hire employees from designated groups. Make hiring decisions solely based on merit and qualifications. Ensure a diverse pool of candidates during the recruitment process. Ignore the EEA as it is not relevant for small businesses. An employee in a South African company feels that they have been unfairly discriminated against based on their religion. Which act protects the employee from such discrimination in the workplace? Labour Relations Act Basic Conditions of Employment Act Employment Equity Act (EEA) Occupational Health and Safety Act Which of the following is NOT a designated group according to the Employment Equity Act (EEA)? Women Foreign nationals Black people People with disabilities Which of the following is NOT a responsibility of the Department of Employment and Labour concerning the Employment Equity Act (EEA)? Monitoring employers' compliance with the EEA. Imposing fines on non-compliant employers. Developing individual employment equity plans for businesses. Enforcing the EEA through legal action, if necessary. In order to comply with the Employment Equity Act (EEA), a South African employer must: Develop and implement an employment equity plan. Pay employees from designated groups higher salaries. Only hire employees from designated groups. Discriminate in favor of employees from designated groups. An employee has worked for a company for three years and takes 15 days of annual leave. How many days of annual leave is the employee still entitled to according to the BCEA? 0 days 6 days 10 days 21 days A small business employs workers on a part-time basis, with most employees working 25 hours per week. The employer does not provide paid sick leave to these part-time employees. Is this in compliance with the BCEA? Yes, because the employees are part-time No, because the employees work more than 24 hours per month Yes, because the business is small No, because the BCEA requires all employees to receive paid sick leave A new father wants to take parental leave after the birth of his child. How many consecutive days of parental leave is he entitled to according to the BCEA? 3 days 5 days 10 days 14 days An employer terminates an employee who has been with the company for six months. What is the minimum notice period the employer must provide according to the BCEA? 1 week 2 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks An employee works 50 hours in a week, with 5 hours of overtime. How much overtime pay should the employee receive according to the BCEA? 5 hours at their regular hourly rate 5 hours at 1.5 times their regular hourly rate 10 hours at their regular hourly rate 10 hours at 1.5 times their regular hourly rate A company hires a 14-year-old for a part-time job during school holidays. Is this in compliance with the BCEA? Yes, because it is a part-time job No, because the employee is under the age of 15 Yes, because it is during school holidays No, because the employee is still attending school An employer terminates an employee who has been with the company for 18 months, giving them two weeks' notice. Is this in compliance with the BCEA? Yes, because the employee has been with the company for less than 2 years No, because the employee should have received 4 weeks' notice Yes, because the employer provided a notice period No, because the employee should have received 3 weeks' notice An employee works six hours per day, five days per week. The employer does not provide a meal break during the workday. Is this in compliance with the BCEA? Yes, because the employee works less than eight hours per day No, because the employee is entitled to a meal break after five hours of work Yes, because the employer has the discretion to decide on meal breaks No, because the employee is entitled to two meal breaks during the workday XYZ Construction is unsure if they have registered with the Compensation Fund. What could be a consequence of not registering with the Compensation Fund under No consequences A warning letter Penalties and legal action Temporary suspension of business operations ABC Manufacturing, a South African manufacturing company, has an employee named Sarah, who recently contracted an occupational disease due to exposure to harmful chemicals in the workplace. Sarah files a claim under the COIDA for medical expenses and compensation. Reduced financial burden on employers Improved productivity and reduced absenteeism due to injuries or illnesses Lower insurance premiums Positive relationship between employers and employees XYZ Construction, a South African construction company, recently experienced an unfortunate incident where one of their employees, John, suffered a severe injury at a construction site. John was admitted to the hospital for treatment, and the company is now unsure about their obligations under the COIDA. 24 hours 3 days 7 days 14 days OPQ Manufacturing, a South African manufacturing company, recently experienced an incident where an employee was injured due to faulty machinery. The management is now concerned about their obligations under the COIDA. 24 hours 3 days 7 days 14 days XYZ Construction, a South African construction company, is concerned about their employees' exposure to potential hazards at their construction sites. They want to make sure they are in compliance with the COIDA. Hire more employees to share the workload Provide employees with protective gear and equipment Offer a bonus for employees who do not get injured Increase employees' salaries LMN Retail, a South African retail company, recently expanded its workforce and is now required to comply with the COIDA. The company's management wants to ensure that they are taking the necessary steps to meet their obligations under the Act. Estimate their total annual earnings Submit returns of earnings by 1 March annually Conduct an employee survey Submit returns of earnings by 1 February annually LMN Retail has successfully implemented safety procedures and provided protective gear for its employees. What other step can they take to further promote a healthy and safe working environment? Offer performance-based incentives Conduct regular team-building activities Provide additional employee benefits Conduct regular risk assessments Company A, a South African construction firm, has a 30% black ownership, but does not invest in skills development programs for its employees. Company A is fully compliant with the BBBEE Act. True False In an effort to comply with the BBBEE requirements, MTN, a South African telecommunications company, focuses solely on increasing black ownership and management control without investing in skills development, enterprise and supplier development, or socio-economic development. Is this approach in line with the broader objectives of the BBBEE? True False Shoprite, a South African supermarket chain, has a high BBBEE rating and receives a government contract over a competitor with a lower rating. This scenario is in line with the objectives of the BBBEE Act. True False Shoprite, a South African supermarket chain, has partnered with multiple small businesses owned by historically disadvantaged individuals, providing them with financial support and mentorship programs. Does this initiative align with the enterprise and supplier development pillar of the BBBEE? True False MTN, a South African telecommunications company, has improved its BBBEE rating by hiring more black employees in management positions but has not provided any skills development or training programs. MTN's actions align with the BBBEE Act's goal of promoting the participation of historically disadvantaged groups in the economy. True False Sasol, a South African petrochemical company, has achieved full compliance with the BBBEE Act by complying with all ownership, management, and skills development criteria. However, it has not submitted its annual BBBEE status report to the Department of Trade and Industry. Sasol's actions do not constitute non-compliance with the BBBEE Act. True False ABSA Bank, a South African bank, has a high BBBEE rating but has been found to have engaged in fronting practices. This scenario is an example of non-compliance with the BBBEE Act. True False ABSA Bank, a leading South African bank, has prioritized appointing black individuals to senior management positions, but has not implemented any skills development programs for its employees. Is ABSA Bank's approach fully compliant with the revised BBBEE pillars? True False Vodacom, a South African telecommunications provider, prioritizes supporting small businesses owned by historically disadvantaged individuals through financial assistance and mentorship programs but does not invest in community development projects. Is Vodacom's approach sufficient to comply with all the revised BBBEE pillars? True False Sasol, a South African energy and chemical company, invests significantly in community development projects, such as healthcare and education initiatives, but does not prioritize black ownership or management control. Is this approach sufficient for achieving a high BBBEE rating? True False Woolworths, a South African retail company, has a majority of black shareholders and has appointed black individuals in key managerial positions but has not implemented any skills development or training programs for its employees. Does Woolworths' approach align with the broader objectives of the BBBEE? True False Discovery Health, a South African health insurance provider, invests in skills development programs for its employees and supports small businesses owned by historically disadvantaged individuals. However, the company has not made any significant contributions to community development projects. Is Discovery Health's approach in line with the socio-economic development pillar of the BBBEE? True Flase Standard Bank, a major South African bank, offers extensive skills development and training programs to its employees, with a particular focus on black employees, women, and people with disabilities. However, it exclude foreigners. Does this initiative align with the skills development pillar of the BBBEE? True False 1 out of 52 Time is Up! Time's up Like what you read? Subscribe to our Newsletter Submit Subscribe to our email newsletter to get the latest posts delivered right to your email.