August, 2017 Update: The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has delayed implementation of the new wage and hour components of the EEO-1 Report, indefinitely. Read more here.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is now requiring employers with more than 100 employees to submit pay data and total hours worked for the year as part of the annual EEO-1 report.
The good news? Employers don't have to scramble to collect data from this year they weren't already collecting.
The first report will capture data from 2017, and is due on March 31, 2018.
That means qualifying employers need to have a proper system in place to start tracking pay data in January, just a few weeks from now.
Moving forward, March 31 will become the new annual deadline for EEO-1 reports. (Previously it was September 30, as we wrote about a few months ago here.) Because of the change from September to March, no reporting will be due in 2017.
On the new form, federal contractors and subcontractors with 50-99 employees will continue to report employees by job category as well as by sex and ethnicity or race, but they will not be required to report summary pay data or hours.
Click here to view the new (sample) form for the EEO-1 report, which now includes pay data.
Nothing will change for employers with 99 or fewer employees and Federal contractors and subcontractors with 49 or fewer employees, as they will not be required to complete the EEO-1 report.
Why the change? The EEOC says it's trying to decrease pay disparities based on gender and race or ethnicity. The EEOC plans to use the new data to help it investigate and identify unlawful pay discrimination. So it's important for employers to ensure that they have systems in place to collect the required data and eliminate any pay disparities that cannot be explained by legitimate business circumstances.