The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has published a proposed rule that seeks to add a wage reporting component to the EEO-1 reports that employers must file annually. In addition to the information regarding an employee’s race, ethnicity, and gender, the EEOC has proposed that, starting in 2017, employers subject to the EEO-1 reporting requirement who have more than 100 employees must submit the EEO-1 with pay and hours worked information.

Specifically, the EEOC wants to include W-2 earnings for employees categorized by pay bands. The pay bands will be based on the current data collected by the EEOC from state and local government employers, which lists eight categories of pay bands for ranges of wages. In the new proposed reporting requirements, the EEOC wants to expand to 12 pay bands, with the lowest at $19,239 and under, and the highest at $208,000 and over.

The EEOC justifies this proposed rule by arguing that it will assist the agency in enforcing laws against wage discrimination, while also aiding employers in promoting equal pay in their work places. The rule, which was proposed on February 1, has a 60-day comment period that ends on April 1. Thereafter, public hearings will be held by the EEOC. The proposed rule is located on the Federal Register website.