The clock’s ticking. The Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently told a federal judge that the agency plans to require employers to turn over pay data by September 30. This data is expected to include information broken down by race, gender, and ethnicity. While this isn’t a done deal—the judge still has to issue a final ruling—it suggests the urgency for employees to collect and track this information carefully. EEOC stressed that the deadline for employers to submit their 2018 information for Component 1 of the EEO-1 form is still May 1. This form asks for information about employees by job category, race, sex, and ethnicity. The legal dispute involves Component 2 pay data; and EEOC has indicated that the agency needs more time to address the challenges of collecting the pay data and cautioned that an expedited data-collection process could result in poor quality or inaccurate information. Read the full article.