As we reported on November 10, 2016, the new EEO-1 Report, which requires all employers with 100 or more employees and certain smaller federal contractors to submit hours and pay data by salary band, is scheduled to be filed for the first time by March 31, 2018. Employers have been waiting for any sign from the new administration as to the fate of the new report. While we have no firm answer, the U.S. House of Representatives has taken steps to show its intent.
On July 13, 2017, the House Appropriations Committee approved the 2018 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill, which provides the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) with $363,807,000 in funding (approximately the same as FY2017). This funding, however, is flat funding, and the bill prohibits the EEOC from using any of the funds to implement the controversial new EEO-1 report that employers are expected to file in March 2018.
The House Appropriations Committee Report states that the Committee expects the EEOC “to prioritize inventory reduction rather than allocate resources for systemic changes in which no complaint was filed by an actual/former employee or applicant.” What this means for the future of the new EEO-1 report is uncertain, but it could be the harbinger of the new form’s demise.
For more federal contractor news, see our alert on Google’s current case against the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.