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

As reported in the Feb. 3 Newsline, a proposal from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) would increase reporting requirements for numerous employers, including larger contractors working on federal-aid construction projects.  Currently, all private contractors with 100 or more employees working 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.

Recently, the EEOC posted an updated sample document depicting EEO-1 form with the proposed revisions.  The agency also posted a “question and answer” document addressing the proposed changes.

The EEOC is accepting comments on this proposal until April 1.  The agency also plans a March 16 public forum on the new proposal.  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.

Please contact me at ngoldstein@artba.org.