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OMB’s Decision to Block Pay Data Transparency is an Attack on Equal Pay

August 30, 2017 | by

Yesterday, the White House Office of Management and Budget announced their decision to stay recent changes made to the federal EEO-1 form, on which employers report workforce demographics. These forms will no longer be updated to require that businesses with 100 or more employees provide pay data by race, ethnicity, and gender – the OMB said such changes present no “practical utility.”

Equal Rights Advocates Executive Director Noreen Farrell said of the decision:

“Make no mistake: this is no small, bureaucratic change. The Office of Management and Budget’s decision to halt pay data collection based on gender, race, and ethnicity is a direct attack on efforts to close the persistent and pervasive wage gap. Without pay data transparency, employers, the EEOC, and the public are left in the dark about pay gaps. We cannot fix what we cannot see. This action makes it clear that the Trump Administration has no interest in seeing or fixing the wage gap which endangers the economic security of working women.”

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