U.S. Department of Labor May Develop a New Data Tool to Fight Pay Inequality

With women in 2010 earning an average of 77 cents for every dollar paid to men, the elimination of compensation-based discrimination is top priority for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance.  Therefore, it is considering developing a new data tool to collect information on salaries, wages, and other benefits paid to employees of federal subcontractors. Hopefully the tool will improve OFCCP’s ability to gather data necessary in analyzing disparities faced by women and minority workers in the federal sector.

OFCCP drafted a notice that poses 15 questions to be answered by the public regarding the types of data that should be requestd, how the data should be collected, how the collected data should be used, etc.  The public will have a chance to respond to these questions and other like them for the next 60 days (deadline October 1, 2011).

For more information: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/ofccp/OFCCP20111208.htm

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