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Employment Law Blog

Feb. 1 2016

Revised EEO-1 Report Would Require Employers To Submit Employee W-2 Earnings And Hours Worked

Topics: New Laws & Legislation

On Friday, the EEOC made a startling announcement regarding proposed revisions to the scope of information requested by the annual EEO-1 report. To further the pay equality goals of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the EEOC wants to add aggregate data on pay ranges -- including employees' W-2s and hours worked -- to the information already collected through the EEO-1 report, beginning with the September 2017 report. Currently, the EEO-1 report requires employers with 100 or more employees to submit certain company data categorized by race/ethnicity, gender, and job category.  

According to the EEOC press release, pay data will assist the EEOC and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) "in identifying possible pay discrimination and assist employers in promoting equal pay in their workplaces" and will provide "insight into pay disparities across industries and occupations and strengthen federal efforts to combat discrimination." The agencies plan to "use this pay data to assess complaints of discrimination, focus agency investigations, and identify existing pay disparities that may warrant further examination."

While the basis of the revision is to address the gender pay gap (which explains the date of the announcement coinciding with the seventh anniversary of Ledbetter Act), the proposed changes will still require employers to submit pay data categorized by not only gender, but also by race/ethnicity.

Proposed changes are available for review on the Federal Register website and will be published in the Federal Register on February 1, 2016. The public will have 60 days from that date (April 1, 2016) to submit comments regarding the proposed revisions.

We will continue to keep employers posted about this significant development.

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