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, 2019 – the same deadline imposed by the court for the current reporting period for the EEO-1 Component 2 data. Once published in the Federal Register, EEOC states “the public will be invited to submit comments to the Commission.” Almost assuredly, the Notice will request employers submit information regarding the utility and burden associated with the data collection, as EEOC Commissioner Vicki Lipnic recently discussed.
EEOC also reported that approximately 13.4% of eligible filers have already submitted their pay data. In a previously filed, interim report, EEOC suggested the filing threshold should be deemed complete, and the Court’s Order for collection of the data deemed satisfied, once EEOC received data from 72.7% of eligible filers. According to EEOC, there are approximately 37,000 filers “who have neither contacted the NORC Component 2 Help Desk, registered for access to the online portal, or submitted data.” The Agency reported it will begin attempting to contact these filers via phone.
As always, we will continue to monitor any new developments in this area and provide updates with any new information.