EEO Reporting: New Pay Data Reporting Requirements for California Employers

On September 30, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law SB 973, which imposes new pay reporting requirements on certain employers. The law, which takes effect on January 1, 2021, requires employers to file an annual pay data report by March 31 of each year.

Under the new law, California employers with 100 or more employees, who were required to file an annual EEO-1 report under federal law, are now required to submit a pay data report to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), that mirrors the reporting requirements of the EEO-1 form. Specifically, the report must include:

  1. the number of employees by race, ethnicity, and sex in each of ten broad job categories, and
  2.  the number of employees by race, ethnicity and sex whose annual earnings (defined as W-2 income) fall within each of the pay bands established by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in the Occupational Employment Statistics survey. 

The report must also include the total hours worked by each employee within a given pay band. For reporting purposes, employers will create and submit a “snapshot” pay period in which it counts all individuals who were on the employer’s payroll in any single pay period of the employer’s choice between October 1 and December 31.



The journey to this new California requirement began in January 2016, when the EEOC announced a revision to the EEO-1 Report to include disclosure of aggregate employee pay data by gender, race, and ethnicity. The EEOC required employers to begin using the new EEO-1 Report (including pay data) in 2018. But, in 2017, the Trump Administration postponed this pay data collection indefinitely. Pay equity advocates challenged this decision, and the Court ordered EEOC to reinstate the collection for the 2017 and 2018 filing years (filed jointly in 2019). EEOC is currently studying the quality and utility of the pay data is collected.  In the meantime, the EEOC concluded that the burden on employers “far outweigh[s]” the pay data’s “unproven utility” and discontinued all pay data collection efforts.

With this new law, it appears the Golden State balances these interests differently. According to the state legislature, California believes continued data collection will permit the state to "more efficiently identify wage patterns and allow for targeted enforcement of equal pay or discrimination laws."



Reporting with Avionté

Prior to the EEOC retracting all pay data collection requirements – reporting was completed to comply with the Federal EEOC-1 Component 2 requirements:

  1. By race, ethnicity, and sex;
  2. In each of the Job Categories in the federal EEO-1 Report; and
  3. Whose annual earnings fall within each of the pay bands used by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics in the Occupational Employment Statistics survey.
  4. Total hours

Knowledge Base Article:  Standard AQ - Federal EEO Component 2 Reporting AQ





Report Fields



Race Gender Code

Race/Ethnicity/Gender Codes are as follows:

A: Hispanic or Latino Males
B: Hispanic or Latino Females
C: White Males
D: Black or African American Males
E: Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander Females
F: Asian Males
G: Native American or Alaska Native Males
H: Two or More Races Males
I: White Females
J: Black or African American Females
K: Native Hawaiian or Alaska Native Females
N: Two or More Races Females
Z: Not Applicable (Type 6 Report Only)

Pay Band Code

Pay Band Category Codes are as follows:
1: $19,239 and under
2: $19,240 - $24,439
3: $24,440 - $30,679
4: $30,680 - $38,999
5: $39,000 - $49,919
6: $49,920 - $62,919
7: $62,920 - $80,079
8: $80,080 - $101,919
9: $101,920 - $128,959
10: $128,960 - $163,799
11: $163,800 - $207,999
12: $208,000 and over

EEO Category ID

EEO Job Category IDs Are as follows:
1: Executive/Senior Level Officials and Managers
2: First/Mid-Level Officials and Managers
3: Professionals
4: Technicians
5: Sales Workers
6: Administrative Support Workers
7: Craft Workers
8: Operatives
9: Laborers & Helpers
10: Service Workers

Total Employees

Total Employees Per Category, No Negatives

Total Hours

Total Hours per Category, No Negatives



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