New Administration Halts EEO-1 Pay Data Collection
At the end of August 2017, the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) informed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal watch dog for anti-discrimination employment law enforcement, that it is initiating a review and immediate stay of the pay data collection aspects of the EEO-1 form that was revised on September 29, 2016, under the prior Administration. EEO-1 reports are submitted annually to the federal government by certain employers with 100 or more employees.
For employers, this means the former EEO-1 form which only collects data on race, ethnicity, and gender by the occupational category will remain in effect. The EEOC has instructed employers to comply with the earlier approved EEO-1 by the previous filing date of March 2018.
This is good news for employers who file EEO-1 reports. Under the September 2016 revisions, employers were required to submit very detailed W-2 compensation and hours worked data for their entire workforce, divided into 12 separate pay bands designated by the EEOC. Collection of this data was burdensome.
The OMB is the largest office within the Executive Office of the President of the United States. This directive seems clear that the new Administration is continuing to halt policies that were more employee friendly under the previous Administration.
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