The DOL's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced possible plans to develop a compensation data tool that would affect federal contractors and subcontractors. The tool would collect information on salaries, wages, and other benefits paid to employees of federal contractors and subcontractors.
The data gathered would then be analyzed for indicators of discrimination, such as pay disparities faced by female and minority workers. The agency published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register on August 10, 2011.
The NPRM poses 15 questions to the public regarding the tool, and will be open for response for 60 days, until October 11. To read the proposal or submit a comment, visit the federal e-rulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov.
The agency announced plans for developing a compensation data tool in the department's fall 2010 regulatory agenda. In addition to identifying potential pay discrimination, the proposed tool would provide a self-assessment element to help employers evaluate their own compensation practices.