On the eve of the end of its fiscal year, the U.S. Department of Labor has released final rules for new EEO-1 Pay Data reporting obligations as well as paid sick leave regulations for federal contractors.

EEO-1 Pay Data Reporting

As highly anticipated, and a day before the deadline for the 2016 EEO-1 reporting period, EEOC announced its final requirements surrounding the revision of the EEO-1 for the collection of pay data. As previously reported, the new pay data reporting obligation will commence in March 2018.

EEOC has provided information about the new EEO-1 report, including the new form, a Fact Sheet for Small Business, and a question and answer document. The Agency announced it will also offer free webinars for interested employers and stakeholders on October 20 and October 26, 2016, however, registration for the webinars does not yet appear to be open.

Paid Sick Leave

In addition to releasing information on the new EEO-1 pay data report, the Department of Labor also announced final rules implementing Executive Order 13706 requiring covered federal contractors provide paid sick leave for covered employees.

Scheduled for official publication tomorrow in the federal register, the rule will go into effect 60 days after publication. As proposed, the rules require federal contractors provide at least 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours of work, for a total of at least 56 hours per year.