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Press Release 11-20-2019

Experts Examine the Efficacy of EEOC's Pay Data Collection Model

 WASHINGTON - A panel of experts presented their views today on the proposed changes to the EEO-1 Report during a public hearing at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) Washington, D.C. headquarters. The hearing was open to the public.

The proposed changes are described in the Commission's September 12, 2019, Paperwork Reduction Act Notice, 84 Fed. Reg. 48138. In the Notice, the EEOC stated that it was planning to seek approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act to continue administering Component 1 of the EEO-1 survey, which the EEOC had sponsored for many years. The EEOC also said that it is not planning to continue using the EEO-1 Report to collect Component 2 pay data information, which the Commission originally added to the EEO-1 in 2016. Today's discussion was intended to gather information and hear the experts' comments on the proposed revision.

The panelists agreed on the necessity of ensuring equal pay for equal work and combatting sex-based discrimination but differed on the approach of how to do so.

EEOC Chair Janet Dhillon thanked the panelists for participating in the hearing, and told them, "You have each brought invaluable insights to both the Commission's proposal to continue the collection of Component 1 of the EEO-1, as well as the relevance of pay data and the importance of balancing the burden and utility of a pay data collection."

The panelists' written testimony and biographies can be found here:

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