Monday, February 1, 2016

What Employers Need to Know About the EEOC's Proposed Revisions to the EEO-1 Report

It's been a busy thirty-two days of 2016 for the federal government.  Today the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published its proposed revisions to the Employer Information Report (EEO-1) in the Federal Register for a sixty day comment period.  Proposed EEO-1 Revisions.  According to the EEOC's recent press release, the new data will "assist the agency in identifying possible pay discrimination."

The EEO-1 currently requires covered employers to report annually the number of individuals they employ by job category and by race, ethnicity, and sex.

The proposed revisions would, beginning in September 2017, require covered employers to include in the new EEO-1:

  • aggregate pay data using "pay bands"; and
  • the total number of hours worked by the employees included in each pay band.
If enacted, the proposed revisions could significantly impact employers by increasing the administrative filing burden, potentially exposing companies to disparate pay lawsuits, and compromising the confidentiality of competitive salaries.