July 21, 2017
HR Policy Association pressed the Office of Management and Budget this week to review and stay the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's burdensome and wasteful pay data reporting requirement that was pushed through in the final days of the Obama administration. Under the revised EEO-1 Form, employers are required to annually report the number of employees and the number of hours worked by race, ethnicity and gender from within 12 prescribed pay bands for each of the ten EEO-1 job categories. Among other things, our letter states that the revised EEO-1 Form "is meaningless and misleading because it's based on aggregate pay data that blurs legitimate variances and distinctions in pay," and "will likely waste the EEOC's limited enforcement resources and require contractors to unnecessarily spend significant time, money, and resources defending themselves against meritless allegations." The letter specifically urges the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in OMB "to stay the reporting requirement as the first reports for the revised form are due no later than March 31, 2018, and employers will have to begin investing significant resources to comply in the very near future. This would give your office time to thoroughly review the revised data collection" process consistent with President Trump's Executive Order on reducing regulation and controlling costs (EO 13771).