On September 30, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newson signed SB 973, making California the first state to require employers to submit employee pay data by race and gender. SB 973 is modeled after the now discontinued federal EEO-1 pay data collection form. Accordingly, starting March 31, 2021, every California employer with 100 or more employees who files a federal EEO-1 report must annually submit a pay data report to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”) that discloses: (1) the number of employees by race, ethnicity, and sex in each of ten broad job categories, and (2) the number of employees by race, ethnicity, and sex whose annual earnings (defined as W-2 income) fall within each of the pay bands used by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics in the Occupational Employment Statistics survey.
Although the DFEH has published guidance addressing some key questions about SB 973, several questions remain, including how the DFEH intends to use the data is collects, particularly in light of criticisms from employers regarding its utility and concerns about its format, which is not consistent with the legal standards outlined in California’s Equal Pay Act. Please join Institute faculty for an interactive discussion regarding what employers need to know when it comes to SB 973, including compliance recommendations and best practices for mitigating risk.
Erin Connell from Orrick in San Francisco, CA
David Cohen from DCI Consulting in Washington, DC
Date: January 26, 2021
Time: 3-4:00 pm (Eastern)
Members, register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4859981444453914894