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

For the second time this year, ARTBA has challenged 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 Aug. 15 comments to the Office of Management and Budget, ARTBA reiterated its concerns about the lack of context for these salary records. The association originally raised these issues with the EEOC on April 1, but the agency’s subsequent draft of the rule failed to adequately address multiple flaws in the proposal.

Specifically, ARTBA noted that  the required reports will not include information on the employees’ seniority, education level and performance and therefor paint an inaccurate picture of the employee’s salary level. The proposed collection of proprietary salary information also raises security and privacy concerns, ARTBA warned, considering recent large-scale breaches of confidential data entrusted to the federal government.

Read ARTBA’s comments.