Cal. Gov. Code § 12999

Current through the 2022 Legislative Session.
Section 12999 - [Operative 1/1/2023] Submission of annual Employer Information Report; requirements
(a) On or before March 31, 2021, and on or before March 31 each year thereafter, a private employer that has 100 or more employees and who is required to file an annual Employer Information Report (EEO-1) pursuant to federal law shall submit a pay data report to the department covering the prior calendar year, which, for purposes of this section, shall be referred to as the "Reporting Year." The department shall make the reports available to the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement upon request.
(b) The pay data report shall include the following information:
(1) The number of employees by race, ethnicity, and sex in each of the following job categories:
(A) Executive or senior level officials and managers.
(B) First or mid-level officials and managers.
(C) Professionals.
(D) Technicians.
(E) Sales workers.
(F) Administrative support workers.
(G) Craft workers.
(H) Operatives.
(I) Laborers and helpers.
(J) Service workers.
(2) The number of employees by race, ethnicity, and sex, 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.
(3) For purposes of establishing the numbers required to be reported under paragraph (1), an employer shall create a "snapshot" that counts all of the individuals in each job category by race, ethnicity, and sex, employed during a single pay period of the employer's choice between October 1 and December 31 of the "Reporting Year."
(4) For purposes of establishing the numbers to be reported under paragraph (2), the employer shall calculate the total earnings, as shown on the Internal Revenue Service Form W-2, for each employee in the "snapshot," for the entire "Reporting Year," regardless of whether or not an employee worked for the full calendar year. The employer shall tabulate and report the number of employees whose W-2 earnings during the "Reporting Year" fell within each pay band.
(c) The employer shall include in the report the total number of hours worked by each employee counted in each pay band during the "Reporting Year."
(d) For employers with multiple establishments, the employer shall submit a report for each establishment and a consolidated report that includes all employees. The report shall include the employer's North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code.
(e) The report shall include a section for employers to provide clarifying remarks regarding any of the information provided. An employer is not required to provide clarifying remarks.
(f) The information required by this section shall be made available in a format that allows the department to search and sort the information using readily available software.
(g) If an employer submits to the department a copy of the employer's Employer Information Report, otherwise known as an EEO-1 Report, containing the same or substantially similar pay data information required under this section, then the employer is in compliance with this section.
(h) If the department does not receive the required report from an employer, the department may seek an order requiring the employer to comply with these requirements and shall be entitled to recover the costs associated with seeking the order for compliance.
(i) It shall be unlawful for any officer or employee of the department or the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement to make public in any manner whatever any individually identifiable information obtained pursuant to their authority under this section prior to the institution of an investigation or enforcement proceeding by the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement or the department under Section 1197.5 of the Labor Code or Section 12940 involving that information, and only to the extent necessary for purposes of the enforcement proceeding. For the purposes of this section, "individually identifiable information" means data submitted pursuant to this section that is associated with a specific person or business.
(j) Any individually identifiable information submitted to the department pursuant to this section shall be considered confidential information and not subject to disclosure pursuant to the California Public Records Act (Division 10 (commencing with Section 7920.000) of Title 1).
(k) Notwithstanding subdivision (i), the department may develop, publish on an annual basis, and publicize aggregate reports based on the data obtained pursuant to their authority under this section, provided that the aggregate reports are reasonably calculated to prevent the association of any data with any individual business or person.
(l) The department shall maintain pay data reports for not less than 10 years.
(m) For purposes of this section, both of the following definitions shall apply:
(1) "Employee" means an individual on an employer's payroll, including a part-time individual, whom the employer is required to include in an EEO-1 Report and for whom the employer is required to withhold federal social security taxes from that individual's wages.
(2) "Establishment" means an economic unit producing goods or services.
(n) Upon request by the department, no later than 60 days from the date of the request, the Employment Development Department shall provide the department with the names and addresses of all businesses with 100 or more employees in order to ensure compliance with this section.

Ca. Gov. Code § 12999

Amended by Stats 2021 ch 615 (AB 474),s 178, eff. 1/1/2022, op. 1/1/2023.
Added by Stats 2020 ch 363 (SB 973),s 3, eff. 1/1/2021.
This section is set out more than once due to postponed, multiple, or conflicting amendments.