Last Tuesday, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) halted the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s collection of pay data from employer information reports, called EEO-1s. See here. The EEOC finalized the rule related to pay data collection in September 2016 in an attempt to gather information about what the EEOC believes to be pay discrimination that goes undetected. The pay data collection rule would have required businesses with 100 or more employees to submit pay data related to gender, race, and ethnicity on EEO-1 forms. The OMB had concerns that “some aspects of the revised collection of information lack practical utility, are unnecessarily burdensome, and do not adequately address privacy and confidentiality issues.” In light of the OMB’s pause on the collection of pay data, about 60,000 covered employers are not required, at least temporarily, to collect this data.
For a statement from the EEOC Acting Chair Victoria Lipnic, see here.