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Publications | January 29, 2016
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EEOC Proposes Increased Reporting Burden for Many Employers

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a proposed change to the Employer Information Report (EEO-1) that many employers, including federal contractors and employers with more than 100 employees, are required to file annually. The EEOC made the announcement of this additional reporting requirement to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the first bill signed into law by President Obama. The proposed changes will take effect in September of 2017.  

The current EEO-1 form requires covered employers to provide data on race, ethnicity, sex and job category for their employees. The new proposal will also require covered employers to provide aggregate data on pay ranges and hours worked along with the information already collected. The purpose of this new pay data is to provide the EEOC and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) with information regarding “pay disparities across industries and occupations” and will help to “strengthen federal efforts to combat discrimination.” This information can help employers comply with the law voluntarily, but the EEOC also notes that the purpose of the information is to help all agencies “assess complaints of discrimination, focus agency investigations and identify existing pay disparities that may warrant further examination.”  

You can see the EEOC’s press release here and read the proposed changes in the Federal Register, here.