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Will the Tracking of Salary Data Help Combat Pay Discrimination?

Posted by Eric Kingsley | Feb 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

The EEOC plans to discern pay disparities across industries and occupations to combat pay discrimination.

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced a proposed revision to the Employer Information Report (EEO-1) that includes collecting pay data from employers with more than 100 employees, including federal contractors (see the release here). Currently, the government tracks workforce profiles of private-sector employers by race, ethnicity, sex and job category. Beginning in September 2017, the proposed revision will include a second component that will ask employers to disclose W-2 compensation and hours-worked data.

To protect worker privacy, the proposal does not require the reporting of specific salaries of individual employees. Instead, employers would disclose group pay data across 10 job categories and 12 pay bands. With respect to reporting hours worked for salaried employees, the EEOC is seeking employer input on different approaches. The EEOC is not, however, proposing to require employers to begin collecting additional data on actual hours worked for salaried workers to the extent that they do not currently maintain such information.

By collecting data on pay ranges and hours worked, the EEOC and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) of the Department of Labor (DOL) are seeking to combat pay discrimination by discerning pay disparities across industries and occupations. The EEOC will use the data to assess complaints of discrimination, focus agency investigations, and identify pay disparities that may warrant further examination. The aggregated pay data also will be published, in a manner that does not reveal any particular employer's data, to help employers in conducting their own analysis of their pay practices to facilitate compliance efforts.

The EEOC will be collecting comments on this proposal until April 1, 2016. Comments may be submitted online at the EEOC website – which is the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Comments received online will be posted publicly on the same portal without change, including any personal information you provide.

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Eric Kingsley

In practice since 1996, the firm's lawyer and co-founder, Eric B. Kingsley, has litigated complex cases and written numerous appeals in state and federal courts on behalf of the California law firm Kingsley & Kingsley, including More than 150 collective actions. Mr. Kingsley focuses his practice ...

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