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The employer must make all reasonable efforts to implement employment equity so that reasonable progress is made towards having full representation. What is considered reasonable will vary from one situation to another. The Act requires the employer to achieve a representative workforce within a reasonable period of time. In doing so, the employer must make an employment equity plan which has acceptable goals (Requirement 7) and sufficient measures in place to support these goals (Requirements 8 and 9). If the plan does not meet this standard reasonable progress would not be possible and the plan would be considered insufficient.
Evidence that reasonable progress is being made includes:
Evidence that reasonable efforts are being made includes:
NOTE: "Reasonable efforts" do not mean the employer must take action that would cause undue hardship, hire or promote unqualified persons or create new positions.
Other applicable sections:
Employment Equity Act, Sections 11, Subsection 12(a)
Employment Equity Act, Section 17
Employment Equity Regulations, Sections 11, 12