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DOL building pay database to spot discrimination

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in Compensation and Benefits,Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

The U.S. Department of Labor has requested public comment on its proposed pay-and-benefit database for federal contractors. The database would show what pay and benefits federal contractors offered to employees with an eye toward spotting potential pay disparities that may discriminate against women and minority employees.

The Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has been tasked with building the database.

According to the proposal, the tool would “provide insight into potential problems of pay discrimination by contractors that warrant further review or evaluation by OFCCP or contractor self-audit. Accordingly, it is envisioned primarily as a screening tool, although it may also have research value. The tool would allow OFCCP to effectively and efficiently identify supply and service contractors whose compensation data indicates that further investigation is necessary.”

The OFCCP will receive comments through Oct. 11.

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