“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‚ small and medium enterprises‚” Cohen said.
“Business is moreover concerned that the exemption system should provide relatively easier pathways for exemption for employer organisations and parties to bargaining council agreements. This will strengthen organisations of collective bargaining‚ thereby indirectly incentivising collective bargaining as required by the constitutional right to collectively bargain.”
Cohen said business was in favour of a differentiated process of exemptions where there were related bargaining council agreements. Such a process would have to be supported by the trade union and employer parties to the agreement.