Berkshire Steps Up to Lend Insight on EEO-1

Posted by Sonia Chapin, SPHR, SHRM-SCP on November 15 2019

As a reputed authority on matters of affirmative action and equal employment regulation, Berkshire has been asked to testify at a hearing next week regarding the future of the EEO-1 Component 2 pay data collection.    

This past week, Berkshire submitted comments in response to the Sept. 12 notice by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to discontinue the EEO-1 Component 2 collection while renewing Component 1, which collects race/ethnicity and gender information on employees in ten occupational categories.

EEOC is Not Seeking Renewal of EEO-1 Component 2

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, VP, Client Services, Berkshire on September 13 2019

In an interesting twist in the ongoing saga about the collection of employee pay data by the federal government, the EEOC announced in a Federal Register Notice that it will not seek renewal of Component 2 of the EEO-1 Report under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). Importantly, this decision does not change the deadline for filing the 2017 and 2018 Component 2 data by September 30, 2019.

VETS 4212: The Other Report to be Filed by September 30th

Posted by Kristen N. Johnson on September 6 2019

While many companies are focused on filing their EEO-1 Component 2 reports by the September 30th deadline, for some federal contractors, there is also the annual requirement for the VETS 4212 report to be filed by that date.

Supreme Court Rules Against Including Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census

Posted by Sonia Chapin, SPHR, SHRM-SCP on July 4 2019

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against including a citizenship question on the 2020 Census form. The Court has sent the question back to the administration to review the decision to add this question to the next Census.  

Additional Information Now Available for EEO-1 Component 2 Filing

Posted by Michele Hester, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior Manager, Client Services on July 2 2019

Employers with questions concerning collection of 2017 and 2018 EEO-1 Component 2 compensation data are finally getting some answers. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago have published a series of Frequently Asked Questions on topics ranging from the filing deadline, to how employers should report compensation and hours worked, to confidentiality of the data. Examples have been included to provide additional clarity. 

Supreme Court Ruling Allows Title VII Case to be Heard Without Prior EEOC Charge

Posted by Julie Dominguez, HR Consultant on June 14 2019

A former employee of Fort Bend County, Texas filed an EEO charge for sexual harassment against her former employer. After filing the charge, she was told to work on a Sunday. She said she could not do so due to church obligations. She did not show up to work on that Sunday and was fired. She then attempted to add to her EEOC claim by adding “religion” and “discharge” to the form, but she did not change the formal charge document. She then filed suit alleging religious discrimination and retaliation. SCOTUS is allowing this employment-discrimination case to move forward despite the fact that the EEOC claim she filed was not formally amended to include a religious discrimination charge.

EEO-1 Component 2 Update

Posted by Cindy Karrow, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior HR Consultant on June 7 2019

The EEOC sent out an email to company contacts on June 3. It was short but informative. The agency re-emphasized the requirement to file Component 2—the salary portion of the EEO-1 - for calendar year 2017 and 2018 and that the report was due by September 30, 2019. Remember Component 2 is only required for companies with 100 or more employees. 

EEOC on Target to Collect Component 2 Data Beginning July 15, 2019

Posted by Cindy Karrow, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior HR Consultant on May 31 2019

EEOC is moving quickly toward implementing the data collection for Component 2 of the EEO-1 report. The agency submitted one of the required periodic updates to Judge Tanya Chutkan on May 24, 2019. The report details their progress with their outsource vendor, NORC, for Component 2 of the EEO-1 report—since awarding the contract on May 1, 2019. The University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center, or NORC, is an independent research institution that delivers reliable data and rigorous analysis according to their website. NORC has been working in the field of social science and public opinion research since 1941.

EEOC Confirms a New Chair

Posted by Liz Balconi, PHR, SHRM-CP, M.A., Managing Consultant on May 10 2019

This week, after a nearly two-year wait, the U.S. Senate confirmed Janet Dhillon as EEOC Chair. Her confirmation finally gives the EEOC governing body a quorum—but there are still two open seats. Dhillon joins Democrat Charlotte Burrows, whose term ends on July 1, 2019, and Republican Acting Chair Victoria Lipnic, a Republican whose term ends on July 1, 2020.

Hot News About EEO-1 Pay Data Submission—Due September 30th

Posted by Cindy Karrow, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior HR Consultant on May 3 2019

The EEOC announced that it intends to collect pay data and hours worked (Component 2) for 2017 and 2018. This news settles the question that has been looming for weeks about what year(s) of pay data would be collected

Pay data refers to the amount paid on an employee’s W2 form in Box 1. Hours worked are the actual hours worked for employees reported in the data. Remember the EEO-1 is filed using a snapshot of the employee population for one pay period between October 1 and December 31 of the EEO-1 year-to-be-filed. Using employees from the snapshot, the pay and hours worked should be filed for the entire year, through December 31 of 2017 and 2018.