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Security company not compliant – department

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The UIF inspection found non-compliance in respect of the registration of employees and the submission of declarations.

THE DEPARTMENT of Employment and Labour in the Northern Cape yesterday confirmed that a series of inspections were conducted at Jack Cliffy Security Services following concerns raised by employees in regards to labour-related issues at their workplace.

The employees, some of who have been working for the company for more than two years, complained that they had been paying UIF but were turned away by the Department of Labour after they were informed that they were not registered on its database.

The employees questioned where their contributions went to and why they did not qualify for benefits such as overtime pay, annual leave, maternity benefits and provident fund.

According to the department, an inspection was conducted at Jack Cliffy on September 9, 2019 and the employer was found not to be compliant in many areas of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.

Department spokesperson Kebalepile Khula further confirmed that a compliance order was served on September 20, 2019 and the confirmatory notice for non-compliance was served on October 19, 2019. “On October 21, 2019 the employer was referred for prosecution by the statutory services.”

Khula explained that “Jack Cliffy Security Services was subpoenaed to appear before the inspectors (UIF, COIDA, and BCEA) in the Kimberley provincial office on September 3, 2019, in order to produce records of employees for an inspection to be conducted”.

Khula said that the UIF inspection found non-compliance in respect of the registration of employees and the submission of declarations.

“An undertaking, dated September 5, 2019, was secured with the employer to correct the aforementioned non-compliance within 14 days, which the employer failed to comply with.

“The case was referred to Statutory Services for the CCMA to issue an arbitration award.”

Khula said that non-compliance was also found with regards to the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Disease Act Inspection – for failure to produce records of earnings, submission of correct return of earnings, and payment of assessments.

“In this regard the employer failed to comply within the stipulated time frame, and the case was referred to Statutory Services in order to be processed further by the magistrate’s court.”

Jack Cliffy Security Services had yesterday still not responded to media enquiries made last week.