National Women’s Day commemorates the day of 9 August 1956 when women marched in protest against the legislation that required non-whites to carry a document to prove that they were permitted to be in a white area. The celebrations in Women’s Month are a reminder of the great role of women in South African society.
Women in the Workplace
Since 1994 in a democratic South Africa, huge steps have been taken to protect the rights of women in the workplace. However, there is a long way to go towards protecting female workers from harassment and discrimination. Many women are unaware of the labour laws that protect them and that prescribe equal treatment of women in the workplace.
For this reason, it is important that women are familiar with the laws and institutions in place to protect them from exploitation.
The Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1993 requires that women (and men) undergo medical examinations to determine fitness for duty according to occupational exposures. WKI offers these services as well as the following additional services:
- Breast Exams
- Pregnancy Tests
- Hormone Tests
Contact us now for more information regarding our services.
Tip Of The Month
- Laws are in place to protect women against unfair discrimination during and just after pregnancy.
- All women are entitled to 4 months’ unpaid maternity leave.
- South African labour laws make provisions for previously disadvantaged groups which includes women.
- Sexual harassment, which often occurs in the workplace, is illegal. There are a number of ways to deal with the matter, including company disciplinary codes, the CCMA and labour courts.
- Employers regularly review the risk assessment for expectant or new mothers. The risk of harm to the health of the foetus may vary during pregnancy. Risks must also be considered for workers who are breast feeding.