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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comments Request

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AGENCY:

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Commission announces that it intends to submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for an extension of the expiration date without change the existing collection requirements under 29 CFR part 1602, Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements under Title VII and the ADA. The Commission is seeking public comments on the proposed extension.

DATES:

Written comments on this notice must be submitted on or before May 22, 2000.

ADDRESSES:

Comments should be submitted to Frances M. Hart, Executive Officer, Executive Secretariat, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 10th Floor, 1801 L Street, NW, Washington, DC 20507. As a convenience to commentators, the Executive Secretariat will accept comments transmitted by facsimile (“FAX”) machine. The telephone number of the FAX received is (202) 663-4114. (This is not a toll-free number.) Only comments of six or fewer pages will be accepted via FAX transmittal. This limitation is necessary to assure access to the equipment.

Receipt of FAX transmittals will not be acknowledged, except that the sender may request confirmation of receipt by calling the Executive Secretariat staff at (202) 663-4078 (voice) or (202) 663-4074 (TDD). (These are not toll-free telephone numbers.) Copies of comments submitted by the public will be available for review at the Commission's library, Room 6502, 1801 L Street, NW, Washington, DC 20507 between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Nicholas M. Inzeo, Deputy Legal Counsel, Thomas J. Schlageter, Assistant Legal Counsel or Stephanie D. Garner, Senior Attorney, at (202) 663-4670 or TDD (202) 663-7026. This notice is also available in the following formats: large print, braille, audio tape and electronic file on computer disk. Requests for this notice in an alternative format should be made to the Publications Center at 1-800-669-3362.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or sex and Title I of the ADA, which prohibits employment discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities. Sections 709(c) of Title VII and 107(a) of the ADA authorize the EEOC to issue recordkeeping regulations that are deemed reasonable, necessary or appropriate to the enforcement of the Acts. EEOC has promulgated recordkeeping regulations under Title VII and the ADA. The EEOC seeks extension without change of the information collection requirements contained in the recordkeeping regulations.

Collection Title: Recordkeeping and Reporting under Title VII and the ADA.

OMB Control Number: 3046-0040.

Description of Affected Public: Employers with 15 or more employees are subject to Title VII and the ADA.

Responses: 627,000.

Reporting Hours: One.

Federal Cost: None.

Number of Forms: None.

Abstract: Section 709(c) of Title VII, 42 U.S.C. 2000e-8(c), and section 107(a) of the ADA, 42 U.S.C..12117, require the Commission to establish regulations pursuant to which employers subject to those Acts shall make and preserve certain records to assist the EEOC in assuring compliance with the Acts' nondiscrimination requirements in employment. The Commission requires, in 29 CFR Part 1602, that any personnel record made or kept by an entity must be maintained for one year or until the later disposition of a charge or enforcement proceeding.

This is a recordkeeping requirement. Any of the records maintained which are subsequently disclosed to the EEOC during an investigation are protected from public disclosure by the confidentiality provisions of sections 706(b) and 709(e) of Title VII and section 107(a) of the ADA.

Burden Statement: There will be no increased burden on employers. All employers subject to Title VII are subject to the ADA, and the same EEOC records retention requirements are applicable to both.

Pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 5, and OMB regulation 5 CFR 1320.8(d)(1), the Commission solicits public comment to enable it to:

(1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the Commission's functions, including whether the information will have practical utility;

(2) Evaluate the accuracy of the Commission's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

(3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

(4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who Start Printed Page 15154are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

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Dated: March 9, 2000.

For the Commission.

Ida L. Castro,

Chairwoman.

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[FR Doc. 00-6460 Filed 3-20-00; 8:45 am]

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