EEOC Seeks Pay Data From Employers

If you’re an employer with more than 100 employees, get ready to turn over “summary” pay data on your employees to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Under the EEOC proposal unveiled today, any employer or federal contractor with more than 100 employees would be required to provide aggregate data on pay ranges and hours worked when filing their annual EEO-1 report. That’s the report that requires these employers each year to provide information on the racial, gender, and ethnic composition of their workforce.

From the EEOC’s announcement:

“The new pay data would provide EEOC and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) of the Department of Labor with insight into pay disparities across industries and occupations and strengthen federal efforts to combat discrimination. This pay data would allow EEOC to compile and publish aggregated data that will help employers in conducting their own analysis of their pay practices to facilitate voluntary compliance. The agencies would use this pay data to assess complaints of discrimination, focus agency investigations, and identify existing pay disparities that may warrant further examination.”

Employers would have to start providing this information with the September 2017 report.

Proposed changes are available for inspection on the Federal Register website and will be officially published in the Federal Register on Monday, February 1, 2016. Members of the public have 60 days from that date April 1, 2016, to submit comments.

Here’s the EEOC’s announcement.

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