The Obama Administration announced an executive action on January 29 that would require employers,
includingfederal contractors, with 100 or more employees to report how much
they pay their employees broken down by race, gender and ethnicity. Effective
in 2017, the proposal would mandate employers to provide data to the Federal
Government covering pay in designated ranges and hours worked.
Jointly published by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Labor, the proposal would use pay data to conduct statistical analyses on the labor market. Some of these reports will be made public. However, all data identifying individual employers is to be kept confidential unless a proceeding is established requiring its release.
Under current regulations, no data on pay or hours worked is collected. Federal contractors with at least 50 employees and other private employers with at least 100 employees currently remit an annual Employer Information Report (EEO-1) that details the number of individuals they employ by job category, race, gender and ethnicity. The proposal adds pay data to the information collected from any employer with more than 100 employees.