Trump blocks Obama rule on collecting info on pay by race, gender

BY JACQUELINE THOMSEN • 08/29/17

The White House will shut down an Obama-era rule that would have required businesses to track how much they pay workers of varying genders, races and ethnicities according to a new report.

The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that Trump officials will stay the rule, which would have gone into effect in the spring, because it created a burden for employers.

“It’s enormously burdensome,” Neomi Rao, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, told the Journal. “We don’t believe it would actually help us gather information about wage and employment discrimination.”

The Obama rule would have required employers with 100 or more employees to hand over data on wages to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) with the goal of preventing pay discrimination.
Ivanka Trump, who is serving as an unpaid adviser to her father in the White House and has pushed for equal pay for women, said in a statement that the “policy would not yield the intended results.”

“We look forward to continuing to work with EEOC, [the Office of Management and Budget], Congress and all relevant stakeholders on robust policies aimed at eliminating the gender wage gap,” she said in the statement.

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