Business Unity SA (Busa) is concerned about the provisions for exemption of employers from the national minimum wage provided for in the labour bills currently under consideration by Parliament’s labour committee.Busa CEO Tanya Cohen made a presentation of the business organisation’s views on the National Minimum Wage Bill, the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill and the Labour Relations Amendment Bill during public hearings on Tuesday.The Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill makes provisions for exemptions from the national minimum wage for start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises that cannot afford to pay it. The exemption may be granted for up to 12 months."Business is most concerned about the functionality of the exemption system as a mechanism to ensure that those businesses that genuinely are unable to afford the national minimum wage are provided with the opportunity to apply for exemption. This is particularly pertinent for start-ups [and] small an...

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