Does “absorption” always mean permanent employment?

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Does “absorption” always mean permanent employment?

 

A general impression exists that the concept of “absorption” has recently been amended to mean permanent employment. In other words – to mean that if an unemployed person is placed on a learnership that person must, subsequent to the learnership, be permanently employed to count as “absorption”.

A leading BEE consulting firm, however, advised me that this is not the case for all the BEE codes and that some Charter codes word the concept of “absorption” in such a way as to still recognise a further learnership as “absorption” and do not require permanent employment as a requirement for “absorption”.

This is a critical distinction that you need to be aware of as many companies find it nearly impossible, especially in today’s economic times, to find permanent employment subsequent to a learnership. I suggest you avail yourself of which interpretation is relevant to your business as the bonus points for “absorption” can provide your BEE scorecard with a much-needed boost you were looking for. Contact Danie Krige at daniek@trainingportal.co.za or phone him on 087 288 5068.

This article is a general information sheet and should not be used or relied upon as professional advice. No liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions nor for any loss or damage arising from reliance upon any information herein. Always contact your adviser for specific and detailed advice. Errors and omissions excepted (E&OE).

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