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An Obama-Era Rule to Collect Worker Pay Data is Headed for the Chopping Block

Jena McGregor
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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Wednesday it plans to shelve an Obama-era rule to collect pay data in what Democratic lawmakers and advocates said was a setback to efforts to achieve equal pay for women and people of color.

The decision — yet another twist in the years-long fight to get employers to share more data about how they pay their employees — marks another win for the business community and the Trump administration’s deregulation agenda.

The EEOC is charged with enforcing federal anti-discrimination laws related to job applicants and employees.

In the notice, the EEOC said the cost to employers of collecting the confidential data was much higher than originally estimated and had “unproven utility.”

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