By Nick Goldstein, vice president of regulatory affairs & assistant general counsel, ARTBA

A Feb. 1 proposal from the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) would increase reporting requirements for numerous employers, including contractors working on federal-aid construction projects.

Currently, all private contractors with 100 or more employees on such projects must report data reflecting the ethnicity, race, and gender of their employees through the “EEO-1” form.  EEOC’s new proposal would require those employers to report salary and number of hours worked for employees as well.  EEOC Chair Jenny R.  Yang announced the proposal during a White House event commemorating the seventh anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay Act.  She noted the new data will “help fill a critical void in the information we need to ensure that American workers are not shortchanged for their hard work.”

The EEOC is accepting comments on this proposal until April 1.  The agency also plans a public forum on the new proposal, with the date yet to be announced.

ARTBA urges interested chapters and members to participate in this process.  To help ARTBA formulate its own submission to the EEOC, we would appreciate member input on this issue, including anticipated administrative and project costs associated with this additional regulatory burden.  Other areas of concern may include the lack of context for these salary records, since the required reports will not include information on the employees’ seniority, education level and performance.  Finally, because of recent large-scale breaches of confidential data entrusted to the federal government, this collection of proprietary salary information may raise security and privacy concerns as well.

For more information, please contact ARTBA’s Nick Goldstein or Rich Juliano.