EEOC To Begin Collecting Summary Pay Data – Release Revised EEO-1
On September 29, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced the approval of a revised EEO-1 report to collect summary pay data from certain employers. Under the new reporting requirements private employers including federal contractors and subcontractors with 100 or more employees will report summary pay data. Federal contractors and subcontractors with 50 – 99 employees will not report summary pay data, but they will continue to report employees by job category as well as by sex, ethnicity, and race as they do now. Employers with 99 or fewer employees and federal contractors and subcontractors with 49 or fewer employees will not be required to complete the EEO-1 report as is current practice.
The first deadline for the new 2017 EEO-1 report will be March 31, 2018, which gives employers 18 months to prepare. The EEO-1 report will be due every March 31 after that. This revision does not impact the 2016 EEO-1 report, which is due on September 30, 2016.
DOL Releases Final Rule on Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors
On September 30, 2016, the Department of Labor Released a final rule to implement Executive Order 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors. Executive Order 13706 was signed by President Barack Obama on September 7, 2015, and requires parties that enter into covered contracts with the federal government to provide covered employees with up to seven days of paid sick leave annually, including paid leave allowing for family care. The final rule describes:
- The categories of contracts and employees covered by the executive order.
- The rules and restrictions regarding the accrual and use of paid sick leave.
- The obligations of contracting agencies, the Department of Labor, and covered federal contractors under the order.
- The remedies and enforcement procedures to implement the order’s requirements.
EEOC Releases New ‘Digest of EEO Law’
On September 28, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released the latest edition of its federal sector Digest of Equal Employment Opportunity Law (EEO Digest).
This edition of the digest contains summaries of noteworthy decisions issued by the EEOC, including cases involving agency processing, attorneys’ fees, class complaints, compensatory damages, dismissals, findings of the merits, remedies, settlement agreements, stating a claim, summary judgment, and timeliness. This edition (Fiscal Year 2016, Volume 4) also features a special article entitled Discrimination on the Basis of Mental Health Conditions Under the ADA and Rehabilitation Act.
Read the EEO Digest
IRS Issues 2016-2017 Special Per-Diem Rates for Travel
On September 27, 2016, the IRS issued Notice 2016-58 announcing the annual special per diem rates, effective October 1, 2016, which taxpayers may use to substantiate the amount of expenses incurred while traveling away from home, specifically:
- The special transportation industry meal and incidental expenses (M&IE) rates;
- The rate for the incidental expenses-only deduction;
- The rates and list of high-cost localities for purposes of the high-low substantiation method.
The special M&IE rates for taxpayers in the transportation industry are $63 for any locality of travel in the continental United States and $68 for any locality of travel outside the continental United States. The general rules for qualifying to use these rates and how to use them are found in Section 4.04 of Revenue Procedure 2011-47.
The incidentals only rate is $5 per day. The provisions applicable to using this rate are found in Section 4.05 of Revenue Procedure 2011-47.
The high-low rates, to be used in lieu of the rates described in Notice 2014-57, are $282 for any high-cost locality and $189 for travel to any other locality within the continental United States. The portion of the above amounts treated as paid for meals are $68 for travel to a high-cost locality and $57 for any other location within the continental United States.
Section 5.2 of the notice provides the 2016-2017 list of high-cost localities. Some localities are high-cost only for a portion of the year, with this fact noted in the listing. Section 5.3 provides a list of localities that were added and removed from the high cost list, as well as those where the time period during the year the high rate is applicable has been modified.
Read IRS Notice 2016-58
EEOC Releases New Online Resource Center for Small Businesses
On September 27, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a new online resource center designed to help small business owners comply with the laws enforced by the EEOC.
The Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) provides a user-friendly one-stop source for information on federal employment antidiscrimination laws. The SBRC was designed for the busy small business owner who needs information both quickly and in a format that is easy to understand. In addition to providing general information on the EEOC’s laws and ways in which the EEOC can assist small businesses, there are also answers to frequently asked questions, guidance in making employment decisions, and tips for small businesses on a variety of potential workplace discrimination issues.
Visit the Small Business Resource Center