What a Year! Analyze Your Progress towards Pay Equity and Make Plans for 2020

Posted by Michele Hester, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior Manager, Client Services on January 6 2020

The pay equity movement made big headlines in 2019 thanks to several high profile pay discrimination cases, EEO-1 Component 2 pay data collection, and significant activity at the state level to enact pay equity legislation. However, gender pay gap surveys reported that in 2019 women are still earning 79 cents for every dollar that men make. To see the gender pay gap and pay equity law in your state(s), excellent interactive resources are made available by The American Association of University Women (AAUW). AAUW is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with a mission “to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy” with a vision for “equity for all.”

Australian Soccer to Bring Women’s Team Compensation Equal to Men’s Team

Posted by Rene Pizarro on December 16 2019

The Australian soccer federation announced a landmark agreement with the players union to bridge the pay gap between the men’s and women’s national teams. The issue of equal pay for female athletes was at the forefront during the World Cup winning celebrations of the US Women’s National Team (USWNT) earlier this year. The USWNT are suing the sport’s governing body for gender discrimination, arguing that payments have not been equal despite overwhelming success compared to their male counterparts.

Oracle Sues OFCCP in Federal Court

Posted by Charu Avasthy, PHR, Senior HR Consultant on December 9 2019

OFCCP began a compliance review of Oracle’s Redwood Shores headquarters in January 2014. As part of the review, OFCCP concluded Oracle paid Caucasian male workers more while steering their female, African American and Asian counterparts into lower paying jobs. In addition, Asian workers were favored in hiring for certain technical roles over White, Hispanic and Black applicants. OFCCP requested routine employment data and records as part of the audit. Oracle’s refusal to provide prior-year compensation data for all employees, certain hiring data, and employee complaints of discrimination to resolve alleged discrimination violations resulted in OFCCP filing the Administrative lawsuit against Oracle on January 18, 2017.

Take the Survey: Berkshire Partners With HR.com on State of Pay Equity Research

Posted by Renzo Massari, Ph.D, Pay Equity Manager on September 13 2019

Berkshire has partnered with HR.com to conduct The State of Pay Equity Survey. We are inviting our clients and other HR professionals to participate and take the survey. All participants receive a free copy of the industry report before it is released to the public. Be sure to provide your email in the survey to receive the report!
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Berkshire Hires Renzo Massari, Ph.D as Pay Equity Manager

Posted by Carla Pittman, Senior Manager, Berkshire Associates on August 19 2019

COLUMBIA, MD—August 19, 2019, Berkshire Associates Inc., a leading human resource consulting and technology firm, announces the appointment of Renzo Massari as its Pay Equity Manager. With over 15 years of experience in micro-econometrics and quantitative data analysis, Renzo brings to Berkshire advance-level data capabilities, and an extensive background that will serve to expand our pay equity and affirmative action solutions.

Stop by Booth #206 to See Berkshire at the ILG National Conference in Milwaukee - Great Prizes, Great Speaker!

Posted by Carla Pittman, Senior Manager, Berkshire Associates on July 18 2019

See Berkshire at this year's annual ILG National Conference being held in Milwaukee, WI on July 30 - August 2, 2019. The ILG National conference is the premier meeting ground for those involved in the affirmative action, equal employment opportunity, and diversity & inclusion fields. Attendees are encouraged to stop by Berkshire's booth #206 for an opportunity to speak with our experts about affirmative action, pay equity, and talent acquisition solutions. Berkshire is also giving away great prizes! You could win a $200 Southwest Gift Card or a $150 Amazon Gift Card. 


Berkshire Presents on Pay Equity and OFCCP Enforcement at SHRM19 Annual Conference in Vegas

Posted by Carla Pittman, Senior Manager, Berkshire Associates on June 20 2019

Berkshire will attend the  2019 SHRM Annual Conference & Expositio n being held in Las Vegas. This annual conference brings together experts, strategists, practitioners, proven business leaders, and peers to gain unique insight into the innovative new practices in the HR industry.

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.

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. 

EEO-1 Component 2 Pay Data to be Filed by September 30, 2019

Posted by Kelly Andrews, PHR, SHRM-CP on April 26 2019

On Thursday April 25, 2019, a federal judge ordered that the EEOC begin collecting employee pay data by race, ethnicity, and sex. Also referred to as Component 2 of the EEO-1 report, employers will need to submit their 2018 pay and hours worked data by September 30, 2019. The judge also ordered the agency to collect a second year of pay data, giving it a choice between collecting employers’ 2017 or 2019 pay data. By April 29, the EEOC will post a statement on its website informing employers of the 2018 data submission requirement, and by May 3 it will inform the judge and employers if the 2017 or 2019 pay data will be collected.