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Each year InTANDEM files the required EEO-1 report to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This year, pay data may be a necessary inclusion in the data.
Businesses with at least 100 employees and federal contractors with at least 50 employees and a contract of $50,000 or more with the federal government must file the EEO-1 form, which identifies by job category, race, sex and ethnicity the number of employees who work for the business.
The EEOC uses information about the number of women and minorities companies employ to support civil rights enforcement and analyze employment patterns, according to the agency.
The EEO-1 form was revised during President Barack Obama’s administration to require employers to report pay information from workers’ W-2 forms by race, ethnicity and sex. However, the pay-data provisions were suspended in 2017 by President Donald Trump’s administration.
Employers who oppose the expanded data collection said the W-2 income data that would be collected doesn’t provide adequate information about pay disparities.
Covered employers have until May 31 to file their 2018 EEO-1 reports, but whether they will need to submit the pay data for this filing period isn’t clear.
On March 18, the EEOC opened the portal for employers to submit EEO-1 reports but did not include the pay-data questions. The judge subsequently gave the EEOC and the OMB until April 3 to tell employers if they will have to report pay data this year.
If pay data is ultimately required it is assumed that an extension on the May 31st deadline will be given.
As always, it is a good time for employers to review their pay data for each employee to ensure that parity exists amongst all employees in a similar job with similar qualifications.
InTANDEM HR will continue to file the EEO-1 report for any of our clients who must comply with the requirements.

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