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The implementation of the national minimum wage could be postponed after interested parties warned that the process to give effect to the policy was in danger of not passing constitutional muster. They have cautioned that if the legislation was rushed through Parliament, it risked being sent back by the Constitutional Court. Now, they have requested that implementation be postponed by at least two months to avoid "humiliation". The government was planning to enact the bill, giving effect to the national minimum wage in April, with May 1 earmarked for its implementation. However, indications are that the outstanding legislative processes to be covered in the weeks remaining before the deadline require more time. MPs and trade unionists have told Business Day it would be "madness" if the portfolio committee on labour did not allocate more time for the consideration of public submissions made on the bill, which was discussed in Parliament earlier this week. DA MP Michael Bagraim, who s...

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