EEOC Seeks More Wage Data To Close Pay Gap

In recent years the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs have sought to develop a pay reporting tool to target investigations to address the gender pay gap. Since 1966, the EEOC has required employers to report employee data by category, race/ethnicity, and gender in annual reports.

In January the EEOC announced a proposed addition to pay data for annual EEO-1 reports that would add aggregate data on pay ranges and hours worked, starting Sept. 30, 2017.  A 60-day public comment period on the proposal is to end April 1. The proposal rule, if approved, would be a significant and possibly troubling development for employers. For the first time, the two agencies would be given wide-ranging employee pay data, allowing them to effectively target employers for systemic pay discrimination investigations.

This strategic white paper discusses the proposed additional wage data reporting requirements and provides recommendations on how employers should proceed.

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