Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Proposed revision of the employer information report (EEO-1) and comment request.
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC or Commission) announces that it intends to submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for a three-year PRA approval of a revised Employer Information Report (EEO-1) data collection. This revised data collection has two components. Component 1 collects the same data that is gathered by the currently approved EEO-1: Specifically, data about employees' ethnicity, race, and sex, by job category. Component 2 collects data on employees' W-2 earnings and hours worked, which EEO-1 filers already maintain in the ordinary course of business. For the 2016 reporting cycle, all EEO-1 filers would submit the data under Component 1. Starting in 2017, filers with 100 or more employees (both private industry and Federal contractor) would submit data in response to both Components 1 and 2. Contractors with 50 to 99 employees would only submit data for Component 1. In this notice, the EEOC solicits public comment on the utility and burden of collecting pay and hours-worked data through the EEO-1 data collection process.
Written comments on this notice must be submitted on or before April 1, 2016.
Pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 2000e-8(c), a public hearing concerning the proposed changes to the EEO-1 will be held at a place and time to be announced. To request an opportunity to present your views orally at the hearing, please submit a written request to the EEOC's Executive Secretariat (street address below) no later than February 22, 2016 to be assured of consideration. Please include your contact information.
Comments on this notice may be submitted to the EEOC in three ways; please use only one.
Comments and attachments may be submitted online at http://www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Follow the instructions on the Web site for submitting comments. Comments received here will be posted publicly on the same portal without change, including any personal information you provide. However, the EEOC reserves the right to refrain from posting comments, including those that contain obscene, indecent, or profane language; that contain threats or defamatory statements; that contain hate speech directed at race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, religion, or disability; or that promote or endorse services or products.
Hard copy comments and all requests to participate in the hearing may be submitted to Bernadette Wilson, Acting Executive Officer, Executive Secretariat, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 131 M Street NE., Washington, DC 20507.
The Executive Secretariat also will accept documents totaling six or fewer pages by facsimile (“fax”) machine. This limitation is necessary to assure access to the equipment. The telephone number of the fax receiver is (202) 663-4114. (This is not a toll-free number.) 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) 663-4070 (voice) or (202) 663-4074 (TTY). (These are not toll-free telephone numbers.)
Subject to the conditions noted above, the EEOC will post online at http://www.regulations.gov all comments submitted in hard copy or by fax with the Executive Secretariat. The EEOC Headquarters' library also will make available hard copies of all comments, by advance appointment only, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Time. To schedule an appointment to inspect the comments at the EEOC's library, contact the library staff at (202) 663-4630 (voice) or (202) 663-4641 (TTY). (These are not toll-free numbers.)
For reference when commenting on this notice, the current EEO-1 (and proposed Component 1) can be found at http://www.eeoc.gov/employers/eeo1survey/upload/eeo1-2.pdf. An illustration of the data to be collected by both Components 1 and 2 can be found at http://www.eeoc.gov/employers/eeo1survey/2016_new_survey.cfm.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Ronald Edwards, Director, Program Research and Surveys Division, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 131 M Street NE., Room 4SW30F, Washington, DC 20507; (202) 663-4949 (voice) or (202) 663-7063 (TTY). Requests for this notice in an alternative format should be made to the Office of Communications and Legislative Affairs at (202) 663-4191 (voice) or (202) 663-4494 (TTY).
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The EEO-1 Survey and Its Legal Authority
Section 709(c) of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) requires employers to make and keep records relevant to the determination of whether unlawful employment practices have been or are being committed, to preserve such records, and to produce reports as the Commission prescribes by regulation or order.
Pursuant to this statutory authority, the EEOC in 1966 issued a regulation requiring certain employers to file executed copies of the EEO-1 survey in conformity with the directions and instructions on the form, which called for reporting employee data by job category, ethnicity, race, and sex.
Pursuant to Executive Order 11246,
the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), in 1978 issued its regulation describing the EEO-1 as a report “promulgated jointly with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission” and requiring certain contractors to submit “complete and accurate reports” annually.
Through the EEO-1 Joint Reporting Committee housed at the Start Printed Page 5114EEOC, the EEO-1 is administered as a single data collection to meet the statistical needs of both agencies.
Currently, the EEO-1 directs certain covered employers with more than 50 employees (contractors) or 100 employees (private industry)
to report annually the number of individuals they employ by job category and by race, ethnicity, and sex.
The data include seven race and ethnicity categories 
and ten job categories,
by sex. A sample copy of the currently approved EEO-1 can be found at http://www.eeoc.gov/employers/eeo1survey/upload/eeo1-2.pdf.
Adding Pay Data to the EEO-1
In 1964, Congress enacted Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 2000e, et seq., (Title VII), which makes unlawful a wide range of discriminatory employment practices, including pay discrimination, because of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. The EEOC is responsible for enforcing Title VII and other federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination, including the Equal Pay Act of 1963.
The Equal Pay Act prohibits sex-based wage discrimination between men and women if they work in the same establishment and perform jobs that require substantially equal skill, effort, and responsibility under similar working conditions.
OFCCP enforces Executive Order 11246, as amended, which prohibits discrimination, including compensation discrimination, based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion.
In 2010, the EEOC joined other federal agencies, including the DOL, as members of the President's National Equal Pay Task Force to identify ways to improve enforcement of federal laws prohibiting pay discrimination. The Task Force recommended, among other things, that the EEOC engage the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to conduct a study assessing how to most effectively collect pay data to support its wage discrimination law enforcement efforts. The EEOC accordingly commissioned a study, and the NAS convened a Panel on Measuring and Collecting Pay Information from U.S. Employers by Gender, Race, and National Origin. This Panel's August 15, 2012, report (NAS Report) 
recognized the potential value for enforcement of collecting pay data from employers by sex, race, and national origin through a survey such as the EEO-1, and emphasized the importance of a definitive plan for how the data would be used in coordination with other equal employment opportunity (EEO) enforcement agencies. The NAS Report also recommended that the EEOC conduct a pilot to inform the parameters for any pay data collection.
Following the NAS Report recommendation, the EEOC commissioned an independent Pilot Study to identify the most efficient means to collect pay data. The Pilot Study, completed in September 2015, assisted the EEOC in formulating this proposal and will guide the development of analytic techniques to make full use of the data to be collected.
The Pilot Study considered a variety of statistical approaches that could be used to detect pay differences between groups and then tested these approaches by applying them to synthetic pay data 
in order to identify their strengths and weaknesses.
Ultimately, the Pilot Study made technical recommendations about several central components of a data collection, including: The unit of pay to be collected; the best summary measures of central tendency and dispersion for rates of pay; appropriate statistical test(s) for analyzing pay data; and the most efficient and least costly methods for transmitting pay data from employers. The Pilot Study also estimated employer burden-hour costs and the processing costs associated with the recommended method of collection.
Separately, the EEOC sought input about updating all the EEO surveys, including adding pay data, when its staff held a two-day meeting in March 2012 with employer representatives, statisticians, human resources information systems (HRIS) experts, and information technology specialists Start Printed Page 5115(work group). The work group reviewed the current data collection procedures, provided feedback on future modernization of the EEO surveys, and engaged in brainstorming that led to ideas submitted individually by group participants on a number of topics, including collecting pay data as well as multiple-race category data on the EEO-1. Employer stakeholders expressed concern about the importance of maintaining the confidentiality of any individual filer's pay data even if pay data were only published in aggregated form.
The work group report 
reflects feedback from participants that the burden of reporting pay data would be minimal for EEO-1 filers.
On April 8, 2014, the Presidential Memorandum, “Advancing Pay Equality Through Compensation Data Collection” was issued. It directed the Secretary of Labor to develop a compensation data collection proposal.
OFCCP issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on August 8, 2014, proposing to amend one of its implementing regulations for Executive Order 11246 to add a requirement that certain federal contractors submit compensation data reports to OFCCP.
Under the NPRM, OFCCP also proposed a sample of an Equal Pay Report for collecting this data.
Public comments submitted to OFCCP about the proposed Equal Pay Report and rule argued for, among other things, the need to improve interagency coordination and decrease employer burden for reporting compensation data by using the EEO-1, rather than a new OFCCP data collection, as well as the need to protect privacy and data confidentiality. The instant proposal responds to these concerns.
Similarly, the NAS Report recommended that the federal EEO enforcement agencies develop a coordinated plan for using compensation data. In the course of developing this EEO-1 proposal, the EEOC and OFCCP together consulted with the Department of Justice, focusing on how EEO-1 pay data would be used to assess complaints of discrimination, focus investigations, and identify employers with existing pay disparities that might warrant further examination. The EEOC and OFCCP plan to develop statistical tools that would be available to staff on their computers, to utilize the EEO-1 pay data for these purposes. They also anticipate developing software tools and guidance for stakeholders to support analysis of aggregated EEO-1 data. Finally, the EEOC and OFCCP anticipate that the process of reporting pay data may encourage employers to self-monitor and comply voluntarily if they uncover pay inequities.
The following discussion explains the justification for each component of the proposed EEO-1 pay data collection. As stated above, this proposal does not compel employers to collect new data but rather requires the reporting of pay data that employers maintain in the normal course of business. This notice proposes a collection that will maximize the utility of the pay data while balancing respondent concerns about confidentiality and the burden of the collection.
Proposal To Add Pay Data to the EEO-1
Who Will Report Pay Data and When This Reporting Requirement Will Start
For the 2016 EEO-1 reporting cycle, to ease the transition, all employers will submit information that is identical to the information collected by the currently approved EEO-1 (Component 1). Starting in 2017, employers that are subject to the EEO-1 reporting requirement and that have 100 or more employees will submit the EEO-1 with pay and related information (Components 1 and 2). By contrast, contractors that are subject to the EEO-1 reporting requirement and that have between 50 and 99 employees will continue to submit the same information that is collected by the current EEO-1 report (Component 1). They will not be required to submit pay and hours-worked data. A sample copy of the currently approved EEO-1 report provides an illustration of the data to be collected by Component 1. It can be found at http://www.eeoc.gov/employers/eeo1survey/upload/eeo1-2.pdf. An illustration of the data to be collected by both Components 1 and 2 can be found at http://www.eeoc.gov/employers/eeo1survey/2016_new_survey.cfm.
When Annual EEO-1 Reports Will Be Due and How Employers Will Submit Data
Currently, employers must collect EEO-1 data from any pay period occurring in the months of July through September of the current survey year. The EEO-1 must be filed by September 30th of the same year. These deadlines would continue after the addition of pay data, to minimize employers' burden by folding the new collection into long-established deadlines. As explained below regarding the utility and burden of using W-2 data to describe pay, requiring filers to report W-2 data as of a pay period occurring in the months of July through September should not be burdensome given the capabilities of HRIS software.
Beginning in 2017, all filers will be required to submit the proposed EEO-1 report electronically. Automated electronic data collection promotes the utility of the EEO-1 survey by reducing the number of inadvertent human errors in the data. Electronic data collection also is less burdensome for employers than assigning staff to complete the survey. As of 2014, all but three of the 67,146 EEO-1 filers already used electronic data submission.
Any EEO-1 filer seeking an exemption from this electronic requirement may use the existing EEO-1 process for seeking special reporting procedures.
Start Printed Page 5116Component 2 of the revised EEO-1 includes a request for data on the amount of employer staff time used to collect and report pay data on the EEO-1. This will better enable the EEOC to quantify the burden of this aspect of the survey.
What Pay Data Will Be Collected
Measure: Total W-2 Earnings
In selecting total W-2 earnings as the measure of pay, the focus was on maximizing utility of the EEO-1 pay data while minimizing the burden on employers to collect and report it. With respect to maximizing utility, the goal was to identify a measure of compensation that encompasses as much employer-paid income earned by individuals as possible. With respect to minimizing burden, the focus was on finding a measure that is well-defined and compatible with the data elements in employers' existing human resources and pay systems. Consideration also was given to the sample Equal Pay Report proposed in OFCCP's 2014 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which used W-2 earnings.
Five different measures of earnings now used by federal data collection systems were considered. The first three were from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS): The Occupation Employment Statistics (OES); 
the National Compensation Survey (NCS); 
and the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey program.
The remaining options were from the Social Security Administration (SSA) 
and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Of these five options, the focus was on the relative strengths and weaknesses of the OES and the W-2 definitions because they are best known to employers. The NAS Study recommended the use of OES' wage definition because it is based on widespread surveys,
but the EEOC ultimately decided not to use the OES definition because it excludes widely-used elements of compensation such as overtime pay, severance pay, shift differentials, nonproduction bonuses, year-end bonuses, holiday bonuses, and tuition reimbursement.
These elements of pay, however, are increasingly important. According to a 2014 survey of 1,064 U.S. companies, “91 percent of organizations offer a variable pay program and expect to spend 12.7 percent of payroll on variable pay for salaried exempt employees in 2015.” 
Another recent survey of companies' bonus practices found that 74 percent of respondents used a sign-on bonus program and 61 percent used a retention bonus program in 2014.
By contrast, the W-2 definition provides a more comprehensive report of earnings at the employee level than the OES definition. W-2 gross income includes wages, salaries, fees, commissions, tips, taxable fringe benefits, and elective deferrals. Amounts withheld for taxes, including but not limited to income tax, Social Security, and Medicare taxes, are considered “received” and are included as gross income of the given year they are withheld.
The W-2 encompasses all earned income, including supplemental pay components such as overtime pay, shift differentials, and nonproduction bonuses (e.g., year-end bonuses, hiring and referral bonuses, and profit-sharing cash bonuses).
Nonproduction bonuses account for over 11 percent of cash compensation for management, business, and financial operations occupations, while shift differentials are a significant component of compensation for healthcare workers.
A panel of HRIS experts convened for the Pilot Study agreed that the trend is toward paying higher-level executives in bonuses, which are Start Printed Page 5117counted as W-2 income but are not included in the OES definition.
Using the W-2 definition is less likely to be burdensome for most respondents than using the OES wage definition. Federal law requires all employers to generate W-2s for each of their employees. Although W-2 data may not be routinely compiled until the end of the calendar year, and EEO-1 reports are due on September 30th, several approaches are possible. First, because payroll records are cumulative, generating reports at any given point in time should not be complicated for employers with automated payroll systems. The W-2 data can be imported into a HRIS, and a data field can be established to accumulate W-2 data for the EEO-1. Alternatively, employers could obtain this pay information by utilizing quarterly payroll reports for the previous four quarters. Employers that do their payroll in-house will be able to report this data utilizing most major payroll software systems or by using off-the-shelf payroll software that is preprogrammed to compile data for generating W-2s. For employers that outsource their payroll, there would be a one-time burden of writing custom programs to import the data from their payroll companies into their HRIS systems.
Organizing and Reporting W-2 Data
In determining how employers would be required to organize and report their employees' W-2 data, the focus was on collectability, burden, confidentiality, and data utility.
The NAS Report and the Pilot Study reviewed various alternative approaches for reporting compensation, which ranged from highly detailed to general. Of these alternatives, the most comprehensive collection proposals required collecting data at the individual employee level and would have included human capital qualifications data as well as pay data. Although these options would reduce ambiguity and help assess the existence of potential discrimination, they also raise significant confidentiality and burden concerns.
Options for collecting aggregate pay data include using pay rates (calculated by employer), range of pay with a maximum and minimum provided by employer, total pay, and average or median pay. There are disadvantages to each of these approaches. Total pay could be impractical and would be dependent on the number of employees. Average pay by occupation would provide limited information about variation. Collecting the range of pay or average pay could produce biased estimates as pay is often distributed in a manner where a few individuals are paid much more than others. This might create misleading data when ranges or means are used as a measure. Simply gathering rates of pay, without standard deviation measures, would not assist in parity/disparity analysis, and asking employers to calculate standard deviations would not only be burdensome but also would risk a higher rate of inaccuracy.
Using pay bands appears to be more likely to generate reliable data while being less burdensome for employers than other reporting alternatives. Therefore, Component 2 of the revised EEO-1 will collect aggregate W-2 data in 12 pay bands for the 10 EEO-1 job categories. Employers will simply count and report the number of employees in each pay band. For example, a filer will report on the EEO-1 that it employs 3 African American women as professionals in the highest pay band. As to data utility, pay bands will allow the EEOC to compute within-job-category variation, across-job-category variation, and overall variation, which would support the EEOC's ability to discern potential discrimination while preserving confidentiality.
At the same time, pay bands would not require the computation of mean earnings or a measure of variance as alternative approaches might, thus avoiding a source of employer burden. Finally, as distinguished from mean earnings, pay bands can effectively use statistical tests that do not rely on an assumption that pay is normally distributed.
By choosing to use pay bands, the EEOC also is adopting a methodology that will limit employer burden. HRIS software developers already are familiar with using pay bands on the EEO-4 survey, which collects pay data from state and local government employers.
By choosing to use pay bands for the EEO-1, the EEOC and OFCCP will allow HRIS software developers to build on their existing experience with the EEO-4. Consistent with the recommendations of the Pilot Study, however, the EEO-1 pay bands (Table 2) will track the 12 “wage intervals” used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the OES survey.
Table 1—EEO-4 Pay Bands
|Pay bands||Pay bands label|
|8||$70,000 and over.|
Table 2—Proposed EEO—1 Pay Bands
|Pay bands||Pay bands label|
|1||$19,239 and under.|
|12||$208,000 and over.|
Consistent with the recommendations of the Pilot Study, Component 2 of the revised EEO-1 will collect the total number of hours worked by the employees included in each EEO-1 pay band cell. This data will allow analysis of pay differences while considering aggregate variations in hours. The total hours worked also will permit an analysis that accounts for periods when the employees were not employed, thus reflecting part-time work.
The EEOC seeks employer input with respect to how to report hours worked for salaried employees. One approach would be for employers to use an estimate of 40 hours per week for full-time salaried workers. The EEOC is not proposing to require an employer to begin collecting additional data on actual hours worked for salaried workers, to the extent that the employer does not currently maintain such Start Printed Page 5118information. Employers are encouraged to comment on this issue.
Generally, however, the initial conclusion is that requiring employers to provide the total number of hours worked would impose a minimal burden. Employers will report only data that they already maintain. The panel of HRIS experts convened for the Pilot Study reported that “total hours worked” data is maintained by almost all payroll systems. The information is available for the previous quarter, the previous four quarters, and the calendar year. For employers that outsource payroll, this variable could be added to the one-time reporting query that is written to download income data.
Analysis of W-2 Pay Data
Statistical tests will be used as an initial check of the W-2 data to be collected on the EEO-1, specifically, statistical significance tests that do not rely on an assumption of a normal distribution. The Pilot Study recommended several statistical techniques to test within-job categories and then suggested further examining companies and establishments with low probabilities that the differences between examined groups, such as men and women, occurred by chance.
The Pilot Study also noted that the issue of calibrating error rates (power vs. significance level) needed to be addressed to detect discrimination without suffering too many false positives. This process would include recognition of how sample sizes may influence results and also of judicial precedents regarding definitions of statistical probabilities.
The EEOC and OFCCP plan to develop a software tool that will allow their investigators to conduct an initial analysis by looking at W-2 pay distribution within a single firm or establishment, and by comparing the firm's or establishment's data to aggregate industry or metropolitan-area data.
This application would highlight statistics of interest.
The EEOC and OFCCP jointly collect the data on the EEO-1 report through their Joint Reporting Committee, which has represented the two agencies for the purpose of administering the EEO-1 since the reporting requirement began. All data is initially submitted to the Joint Reporting Committee housed at the EEOC and then provided to OFCCP. EEOC is required to hold its EEO-1 data confidential under Section 709(e) of Title VII, which forbids “any [EEOC] officer or employee” from making “public in any manner whatever any information obtained by the Commission . . . prior to the institution of any [Title VII] proceeding . . . involving such information.” 42 U.S.C. 2000e-8(e). Any EEOC officer or employee who violates this prohibition is guilty of a misdemeanor. Id.
The EEOC publishes aggregate EEO-1 data in a manner that does not reveal any particular employer's data, consistent with Section 709(e). For example, the EEOC has published aggregate EEO-1 data at the national, regional, and industry levels.
The EEOC also publishes reports analyzing aggregate EEO-1 data based on industry (e.g., finance, media, and law firms) or particular groups of people (e.g., women of color).
After collecting and reconciling EEO-1 data, the Joint Reporting Committee at the EEOC provides a database to OFCCP. OFCCP holds confidential the data for contractor filers to the maximum extent permitted by law, in accordance with Exemption 4 of the Freedom of Information Act and the Trade Secrets Act.
With respect to EEO-1 data for companies that are not under OFCCP's jurisdiction, the confidentiality provisions of Section 709(e) apply.
Accordingly, OFCCP refers all requests for such data to the EEOC for a response.
Paperwork Reduction Act Statement
The EEOC intends to submit to OMB a request for a three-year PRA approval of a revised EEO-1. The revised EEO-1 data collection has two components. The first component (Component 1) will collect information identical to that collected by the currently approved EEO-1. The second component (Component 2) will collect data on employees' W-2 pay and hours worked. Component 1 can be found at http://www.eeoc.gov/employers/eeo1survey/upload/eeo1-2.pdf. An illustration of the data to be collected by both Components 1 and 2 can be found at http://www.eeoc.gov/employers/eeo1survey/2016_new_survey.cfm.
For the 2016 reporting cycle, EEO-1 filers would only submit the Component 1 data. Beginning with the 2017 reporting cycle, the EEOC proposes to Start Printed Page 5119require EEO-1 filers with 100 or more employees to submit Component 2 data in addition to Component 1 data. However, contractor filers with 50 to 99 employees will only submit Component 1 data.
2016 Overview of Information Collection—Component 1
Collection Title: Employer Information Report (EEO-1).
OMB Control Number: 3046-0007.
Frequency of Report: Annual.
Description of Affected Public: Private industry filers with 100 or more employees and federal government contractor filers with 50 or more employees.
Number of Respondents: 67,146.
Reporting Hours: 228,296.4.
Respondent Burden Hour Cost: $5,531,621.77.
Federal Cost: $1,330,821.
Number of Forms: 1.
Form Number: EEOC Form 100.
2017 and 2018 Overview of Information Collection—Components 1 and 2
Collection Title: Employer Information Report (EEO-1).
OMB Control Number: 3046-0007.
Frequency of Report: Annual.
Number of Forms: 1.
Form Number: EEOC Form 100.
Federal Cost: $318,000 for one-time costs and $1,621,300 
for recurring staffing costs.
Component 1 (Demographic and Job Category Data)
Description of Affected Public: In 2017 and 2018, contractor filers with 50 to 99 employees will submit only the demographic and job category data collected by Component 1.
Number of Respondents: 6,260.
Reporting Hours: 21,284.
Respondent Burden Hour Cost: $515,711.32.
Components 1 and 2 (Demographic and Job Category Data Plus Pay and Hours-Worked Data)
Description of Affected Public: In 2017 and 2018, EEO-1 filers with 100 or more employees will submit pay and hours-worked data under Component 2 in addition to the demographic and job category data under Component 1.
Number of Respondents: 60,886.
Reporting Hours: 401,847.6.
Respondent Burden Hour Cost: $9,736,767.35.
PRA Burden Statement
2016: Component 1
Burden Statement: In 2016, all EEO-1 filers will submit only Component 1, which includes the data collected by the currently approved EEO-1. The estimated number of respondents required to submit the annual EEO-1 survey is 67,146.
This data collection is estimated to impose 228,296.4 burden hours in 2016 or 3.4 hours per filer.
See Table 3. The estimated burden is based on electronic, rather than paper filing, which significantly reduces the survey burden.
Table 3—Annual Burden—2016 (Component 1)
[All EEO-1 filers: Private industry employers with 100 or more employees and Federal Government contractors and first-tier subcontractors with 50 or more employees]
| ||Annual burden hours||Filers||Total annual burden hours||Wage rate||Total burden hour cost|
|Collecting, verifying, validating and reporting data||2.9||67,146||194,723.4||24.23||4,718,147.98|
2017 and 2018: Components 1 and 2
Burden Statement—Component 1 Only: Starting in 2017, the estimated number of annual respondents who are contractor filers with 50 to 99 employees is 6,260.
The burden on these contractor filers is estimated as follows:
Annual Burden Calculation: The estimated total annual burden hours required to complete Component 1 of the EEO-1 data collection in 2017 and 2018 is 21,284, with an associated total annual burden hour cost of $515,711.32.
See Table 4.
Burden Statement—Components 1 and 2: Starting in 2017, the estimated number of annual respondents that will submit Components 1 and 2 is 60,886 private industry and contractor filers. Filers required to complete both Components 1 and 2 are estimated to incur 401,847.6 burden hours annually or 6.6 hours per filer. The estimated burden is based on electronic, rather than paper, filing, which significantly reduces the survey burden.
The burden imposed on all private industry employer filers and contractor filers with 100 or more employees as a result of the proposed collection of W-2 pay data is estimated as follows:
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Annual Burden Calculation: The estimated total annual burden hours needed for filers to report demographic and W-2 pay data via Components 1 and 2 of the revised EEO-1 Report is 401,847.6, with an associated total annual burden hour cost of $9,736,767.35. This burden estimate includes reading instructions and collecting, merging, validating, and reporting the data electronically.
See Table 4.
One-Time Implementation Burden: The estimated one-time implementation burden hour cost for submitting the information required by Component 2 of the revised EEO-1 Report is $23,000,295.
This calculation is based on the one-time cost for developing queries related to Component 2 in an existing human resources information system, which is estimated to take 8 hours per filer at a wage rate of $47.22 per hour.
Further, the EEOC estimates that the addition of W-2 pay data to the EEO-1 will raise its internal staffing cost by $290,478 due to the increased staff time needed to process the additional data.
Table 4—Annual Burdens—2017 and 2018
[Revised EEO-1 Data Collection—Components 1 and 2]
|Annual burden||Annual burden hours||Filers||Total annual burden hours||Wage rate||Total annual burden hour cost|
|Component 1 Only|
|Contractor filers with 50 to 99 employees|
|Collecting, verifying, validating and reporting data||2.9||6,260||18,154||24.23||439,871.42|
|Total Annual Burden for Filers Submitting Component 1||3.4||6,260||21,284||515,711.32|
|Components 1 and 2|
|All private industry employer filers, as well as contractor filers with 100 or more employees|
|Collecting, verifying, validating and reporting data||5.6||60,886||340,961.6||24.23||8,261,499.35|
|Total Annual Burden for Filers Submitting Components 1 and 2||6.6||60,886||401,847.6||9,736,767.35|
|Total Annual Burden—All Filers|
|Total for Revised EEO-1||67,146||423,131.6||10,252,478.67|
The reporting hour burden calculations in this notice reflect a departure from the manner in which the EEOC traditionally has estimated reporting burden. In the past, the EEOC estimated the reporting hour burden based on the number of total cells in the report(s) that a firm had to complete. This approach viewed each report filed by a firm as a separate reporting requirement, analogous to a paper report. In reporting year 2014, however, the number of paper reports declined to just three. In addition, employers now rely extensively on automated HRIS to generate the information they submit on the EEO-1 report.
As a result, each additional report filed has just a marginal additional cost.
To accurately reflect the manner in which employers now collect and submit the data for filing, the estimated reporting burden set forth in this notice is calculated per firm, rather than per report. This burden calculation is based on the time spent on the tasks involved in filing the survey, rather than on “key strokes” or data entry. As such, it more accurately reflects how virtually all employers actually complete the EEO-1 and the EEOC's practice of providing filers alternative methods for filing their reports such as data uploads using various formats and online filing.
The EEOC seeks employer input on this burden calculation. The EEOC reviewed OFCCP's ANPRM and NPRM and the public comments relating to the burden calculation for OFCCP's proposal to collect pay data and consulted with OFCCP about burden estimates.
The Pilot Study approached some private employers to seek data about the possible cost of collecting pay information but few employers responded, and the employers that did respond did not provide quantitative feedback. The EEOC encourages employers, in their comments responding to paragraph 2 in the “Solicitation of Public Comment” section below, to provide: (1) Quantitative information about the burden associated with completing the currently approved EEO-1, as well as the anticipated estimated burden to also submit pay and hours-worked data, and (2) data regarding the estimated time that staff will spend to report the employer's pay and hours-worked data and the corresponding wage rates for that staff.
Solicitation of Public Comment: Pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, 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 Start Printed Page 5121whether the information will have practical utility;
2. Improve 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 are required 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.
This notice summarizes the EEOC's proposal to submit a revised EEO-1 to OMB for 3-year PRA approval to require private employer filers, as well as most federal government contractor filers, to submit data on employee pay starting with the 2017 reporting cycle. This data collection would meet the statistical needs of both the EEOC and OFCCP. It would also enable employers to self-assess their pay practices and policies and thereby support voluntary compliance. In developing this PRA proposal, the EEOC has balanced enforcement objectives with the burden and confidentiality concerns of respondents.
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Dated: January 21, 2016.
For the Commission.
Jenny R. Yang,
[FR Doc. 2016-01544 Filed 1-29-16; 8:45 am]
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