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

ARTBA has pushed back against an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) proposal that 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.

In April 1 comments to the agency, ARTBA focused on the lack of context for these salary records, since the required reports will not include information on the employees’ seniority, education level and performance. Further, because of recent large-scale breaches of confidential data entrusted to the federal government, ARTBA noted this collection of proprietary salary information raises security and privacy concerns as well.

ARTBA would like to thank members who helped formulate our comments by participating in an online survey regarding the EEOC proposal earlier this month.  EEOC will have a second comment period on the EEO-1 revisions later in the summer.  ARTBA will continue to examine the issue and offer follow-up comments at that time.

If you have any questions regarding this issue, please contact me at ngoldstein@artba.org.