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    Bricker attorney explains employer hardship under EEOC’s rule to report demographic data

    Established under the Obama administration in 2016, employers are required by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to submit certain demographic and pay data by January 31, 2020. With new leadership now in place, these regulations will not continue in the future. However, private employers with more than 100 employees must comply with the pre-established requirements, despite the burden they place on many organizations.

    According to employment attorney Jim Petrie in Columbus CEO’s “EEOC rule to report pay and demographic data by Jan. 31 won’t continue after this year,” these “reporting requirements come at a heavy cost for larger employers.” And although the goal of this data submission is to reveal gender, ethnicity and race disparities, Petrie mentions that larger companies, especially, are uneasy about how this data will be used. “One of the concerns is that the government is going to require the data and then start coming after people saying the data looks funny,” he says. There is also widespread concern regarding if and how this information will be used to affect positive marketplace change.