On January 29, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), in partnership with the Department of Labor, announced it would publish on February 1 a proposal to annually collect summary pay data by gender, race, and ethnicity from businesses with 100 or more employees.
The proposal is estimated to cover over 63 million employees. This move stems from a recommendation of the President’s Equal Pay Task Force and a Presidential Memorandum issued in April 2014. According to the White House, this change is designed to help focus public enforcement of our equal pay laws and provide better insight into discriminatory pay practices across industries and occupations. This information would be reported across 10 job categories and by 12 pay bands, and will not require the reporting of specific salaries of each individual employee. The proposal is broader than one previously published by the Department of Labor, which would have applied only to federal contractors.
Under the proposal, employers would first submit pay data as of the September 30, 2017 EEO-1 filing deadline. More information about the proposed revisions to the EEO-1 report, including a Fact Sheet for Small Business and a Question and Answer document are available on EEOC's website at www.eeoc.gov.