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EEOC Announces Study of Collected Pay Data

In the next chapter of the EEO pay data collection story, the EEOC announced today it has contracted with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT) to, “conduct an independent assessment of the quality and utility of the EEO-1 Component 2 data for FY 2017 and 2018.” This is … Continue Reading

New Jersey Division on Civil Rights Releases Enforcement Guidance on State Equal Pay Act

The New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR) has released a 25-page guidance explaining its enforcement policies with respect to the state’s equal pay law. The guidance provides much-needed direction to companies navigating the pitfalls associated with compensation systems and policies. The guidance addresses questions ranging from multistate employees to affirmative defenses to the role … Continue Reading

BREAKING NEWS: Pay Data Portal Ordered Closed

It seems the end has finally come for at least one part of the pay data reporting story.  On Monday, February 10, Judge Chutkan ordered the EEO-1 Component 2 pay data reporting portal closed.  The closing of the portal signals the end of the required collection of pay data for 2017 and 2018 from eligible … Continue Reading

EEOC Renews Request to Close Component 2 Pay Data Portal

EEOC has filed another Motion with the court seeking an Order deeming Component 2 pay data collection complete.  In its most recent filing, EEOC requests the Court to revisit its previous decision and deem the collection obligation satisfied or, in the alternative, provide clarification “regarding the response rate at which the Court will deem the … Continue Reading

EEOC Must Keep Pay Data Reporting Portal Open

Despite its request to close the pay data reporting portal, Judge Chutkan has ordered EEOC to continue to keep the EEO-1 Component 2 Pay Data Reporting Portal open to allow more filers to submit their pay data.  The Order states, despite the acknowledged expense, that EEOC “must continue to take all steps necessary to complete the … Continue Reading

Survey Says Employers are ‘Taking Action on Pay Equity Management’

A majority of employers (60%) are not only conducting analyses to identify and address pay equity issues, but are conducting analyses with the objective of “resolving the root causes” of identified pay inequities, according to “Pay Equity Practices – Survey of C-Suite and Reward Leaders” from WorldatWork and Korn Ferry. Recent media reports on government … Continue Reading

Illinois Equal Pay Act Mandates to Take Effect September 29

Amendments to Illinois’ Equal Pay Act (EPA) go into effect on September 29, 2019, leaving employers little time to adjust their hiring practices.  No Inquiries into Salary History. Under the amended EPA, employers and employment agencies may not:  Screen applicants based on their current or prior wage or salary history, including benefits or other compensation; … Continue Reading

Pay Equity Challenges Continue: EEOC Sues Nursing Home for Paying Female Nurse Less

Pay equity challenges continue to make the news in the healthcare setting, primarily in the context of physician pay equity gaps. This month, the journal Pediatrics published data from the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Pediatrician Life and Career Experience Study (PLACE), which included 1,000 physician responses on income and 1,300 responses on household responsibilities. The … Continue Reading

Update: EEO-1 Component 2 Portal to Remain Open

In its most recent required status report to the court, filed September 27, 2019, the EEOC reports: “[s]o long as the Court’s order is in effect stating that the collection will not be complete until it reaches what the Court has determined to be the target response rate, the EEOC will continue to accept Component … Continue Reading

Like EEO-1 Component 2, California Pay Data Reporting Stalls

With the future of the EEOC’s pay data collection efforts unclear, California’s effort to legislate its own race- and sex-based pay data reporting requirements likewise has stalled, for now. Since July, California’s Senate Bill 171 (requiring private employers with at least 100 employees to submit an annual report of employee pay data broken down by … Continue Reading

The Future of The EEO-1: What Does EEOC’s Information Collection Really Mean?

As we previously reported , EEOC has filed notice asking for renewed approval to collect EEO-1 Component 1 race, gender and ethnicity workforce data for the next three years (2019, 2020 & 2021), but is not seeking renewed authority to collect Component 2 pay data and hours worked. To be clear, this filing does not impact … Continue Reading

Breaking News: EEOC Will Not Seek Renewal of Pay Data Collection At This Time

As previously reported, EEOC is expected to publish tomorrow a Notice of Information Collection regarding EEO-1 Reporting.  An advance copy of the notice reports that “the EEOC is not seeking to renew Component 2 of the EEO-1.” Instead, the Commission has concluded it should consider information from the current Component 2 collection before deciding whether … Continue Reading

The Future of Federal Pay Equity Law, According to Democratic Presidential Candidates

State pay equity laws, in large part, have been a response to a perception that the federal government is not acting effectively or quickly enough to address gender and race pay gaps. Not surprisingly, several democratic presidential candidates have staked out platforms on how they will address pay inequities at the federal level – some … Continue Reading

EEOC to Seek Public Comment on Pay Data Collection

In its required status report, filed pursuant to Court Order, EEOC announced it is preparing a Notice of Information Collection – Employer Information Report (EEO-1) to seek authorization from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the collection of pay data going forward.  As a reminder, OMB approval for the data collection expires September 30, … Continue Reading

Illinois Expands Equal Pay Act and Bans Inquiries about Job Applicants’ Wage Histories

An amendment to the Illinois Equal Pay Act expands the Act’s scope and prohibits employers in Illinois from requesting information about a job applicant’s prior compensation. House Bill 834 passed both houses of the Illinois General Assembly, and was signed into law by Governor J.B. Pritzker on July 31, 2019, as Public Act 101-1077. The … Continue Reading

New Jersey Passes New Salary History Ban

New Jersey has enacted a new law prohibiting employers from seeking or relying on job applicants’ salary history. Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver (acting on behalf of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy) has signed legislation that prohibits employers from requesting or relying on a job applicant’s salary history in hiring and pay-setting decisions. The law will … Continue Reading

Additional Insights on the New Updated EEO-1 Component 2 Pay Data Materials

As we previously reported, on July 2, EEOC updated the its newly created website with long-awaited materials regarding the obligation of employers with 100 or more employees (or contractors with 50 or more employees) to submit pay data and hours worked data as part of the annual EEO-1 reporting obligations. Please find the rest of … Continue Reading
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