On February 1, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) proposed changes to its EEO-1 reporting form which would require employers to disclose employee compensation data broken down by gender, race and ethnicity. Announced during an event commemorating the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, the proposal is a politically motivated effort to advance the “pay equity” discussion ahead of the 2016 elections. Politics, however, do not make good policy. Indeed, the proposal would place unnecessary and onerous burdens on employers while providing no meaningful insight as to whether employer pay practices are discriminatory. You can read a summary of the US Chambers comments here. California has its own effort, spear-headed by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzales, AB 1727.

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