EEOC Raises 'Significant Practical Challenges' After Judge reinstates pay-data rule

    By: Asha Smith on Apr 08, 2019

    Mike Scarcella writes in The National Law Journal, "A federal judge’s reinstatement of an Obama-era workforce pay-data disclosure rule will pose “significant practical challenges” for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and require the adjustment of deadlines imposed on employers, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday in a new court filing.

    The Justice Department was responding to a court order issued by Judge Tanya Chutkan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, who reinstated the pay-data rule last month after concluding the Trump administration unlawfully scuttled it. The rule was crafted as a measure for the government to investigate and combat workplace inequality.

    Business advocates have argued the new data-collection rule, which requires large employers to provide pay information based on gender, race and ethnicity, is onerous and could be misinterpreted without greater context. Neomi Rao, then the Trump administration’s regulatory czar, played a lead role in freezing the Obama-era rule.

    The acting chairwoman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Victoria Lipnic, has concluded the agency must “adjust the collection deadline to September 30, 2019, in order to accommodate the significant practical challenges for the EEOC to collect” the compensation data from employers, the Justice Department said in its court filing Wednesday." READ MORE>>

    Released: April 8, 2019, 8:23 am
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