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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has a new member.

The U.S. Senate voted 50-43 on May 8 to confirm Janet Dhillon as chair of the EEOC, resolving a two-year impasse.

An attorney by trade, Dhillon has a background in business having worked as an in-house attorney for US Airways, JCPenney and most recently Burlington Stores. Those experiences helped Dhillon win favor with business groups, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Restaurants, according to a Bloomberg Law report.

The May 8 vote effectively restores the EEOC quorum that has been lacking since January, preventing the organization from carrying out some of its core functions. The EEOC enforces various federal discrimination laws, resolves employment disputes and brings lawsuits against employers on behalf of U.S. workers. The EEOC covers most businesses with at least 15 employees.

Dhillon’s confirmation isn’t expected to have an effect on a recent addition to filing requirements through the Employer Information Report, more commonly referred to as an EEO-1 survey.

Companies that file an EEO-1 Survey, with the EEOC now have until Sept. 30 to submit “Component 2” data in addition to the “Component 1” information that is already required. The EEO-1 Survey provides race/ethnicity and gender information on employees in specific job categories. The second component would also require employers to track and submit wage and hour data.

Meanwhile, two of the EEOC’s five seats still need to be filled along with the role of general counsel, according to the Business & Legal Resources website.

 

~ Josh Heck, Marketing Manager Syndeo