The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would require the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs to collect pay data from federal contractors.
The rule would apply to contractors with 100 or more employees who hold federal contracts or first-tier subcontracts worth $50,000 or more. A public comment period for the proposed rule runs through Nov. 6.
Under the proposed rule, contractors would submit an equal pay report that would include compensation data by sex, race, ethnicity and job category as well as provide additional information regarding hours worked.
The proposed rule would allow contractors to file the report anytime from Jan. 1 to March 31 for previous calendar year. That time frame means the usual EEO-1 reports that most employers file each fall won’t satisfy the proposed requirements. Also, EEO-1s provide a snapshot of the workforce while the equal pay reports will contain an entire year’s worth of data.
The NPRM specifically asks for comments on the impact of adding a second reporting period on top of contractors’ EEO-1 obligations.