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EEOC Sets Deadline of Sep. 30 for Employers To Submit Pay Data

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has just announced that it will require employers who file EEO-1 reports (typically employers with at least 100 employees and federal contractors with 50 or more employees and at least $50,000 in contracts) to submit wage data broken down by race, sex, and ethnicity by Sep. 30, 2019.

This new employer reporting requirement, originally proposed during the Obama administration and subsequently halted under the Trump administration, was resurrected by Judge Chutkan of the District Court for the District of Columbia in a March 4 ruling in favor of pay equity advocates. Judge Chutkan had set a deadline of April 3 for the EEOC to provide a deadline for employers to provide this new data.

Groups representing employers had advocated that the EEOC delay the new reporting requirement until 2020 to give employers time to collect and report this new data, but to no avail.

Companies subject to the EEO-1 reporting requirements should consider taking immediate steps to implement and gather the new data necessary to comply with this new reporting requirement.