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August 11, 2011

Narrowing the Pay Gap

The U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs wants your opinion. The OFCCP is currently considering developing a new data tool that will collect salary and benefit information paid to employees of federal contractors and subcontractors. The tool would ideally improve the OFCCP’s ability to gather the data that is used to search for indicators of discrimination. The department recently published a notice of the proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register to solicit public feedback on the proposed tool.

The OFCCP enforces Executive Order 11246 which prohibits companies that do business with the federal government from discriminating in employment practices on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, or religion.

In addition to collecting data for the OFCCP to facilitate investigations, the proposed tool would include a self-assessment facet to help employers evaluate their own compensation practices. “Today, almost 50 years after the Equal Pay Act became, law, the wage gap has narrowed, but not nearly enough,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.

View the proposed document and submit your comments by going to the Regulations.gov page.

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