On Friday, January 29, 2016, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a proposed revision to the Employer Information Report to include collecting pay data from employers, including federal contractors, with more than 100 employees. The data will be used to identify possible pay discrimination.
The federal government currently collects information from private employers about the race, ethnicity, sex, and job category of their workforce. The proposed rule change would add pay data (including pay ranges and hours worked) to the information collected, starting in September 2017. Statistical tests would then be used to examine whether companies are engaging in pay discriminating between examined groups, such as men and women.
California recently revised and strengthened its own fair pay laws, to make them some of the toughest in the nation. Nevertheless, we will be following this proposed rule, which, if implemented, could impact the issue of pay discrimination considerably.
The proposed changes are available on the Federal Register website. Members of the public have 60 days from February 1, 2016, to submit comments.
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