With the national minimum wage set to be implemented in just over a month, the government says that it hopes to have the bill governing the policy enacted in April and the 13-member minimum wage commission that will monitor the policy’s effectiveness appointed by May 1. The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) is holding a two-day conference to discuss SA’s preparedness for the policy. This week, stakeholders at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) finalised the national minimum wage regulations, outlining how the policy will be operated. They also discussed the details of how exemption applications by employers will be handled. Nedlac executive director Madoda Vilakazi said that the regulations were ready for public comment. But parties to Nedlac have not reached an agreement on the 90% minimum wage threshold for categories of vulnerable employees such as farm workers. "There are different opinions on that. We hope after the process...

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