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California Issues Guidance on New Pay Data Reporting Rules

November 19, 2020


At the end of California’s 2020 legislative session, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SB 973, which created pay data reporting requirements for employers starting in March 2021. However, the new legislation left some uncertainty for employers in several areas.

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) promised in mid-October that it would be issuing a frequently asked questions page to assist with compliance. On Nov. 2, it did so—at least partially. The current page includes additional information on whether the pay data may be released publicly (DFEH may release it, but only in aggregated form) and data privacy and protections (DFEH may not release individually identifiable information publicly).

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