GSBE Weekly Update 03/07/2018
SB 100 Renewable Energy
Electricity in California would all come from sources like wind and solar if a bill in the Assembly becomes law.
Senate Bill 100 starts by boosting the state’s renewable electricity requirement to 60 percent by 2030.
Democratic state Sen. Nancy Skinner says the bill also sets a goal of getting 100 percent of electricity from non-carbon emitting sources by 2045.
“If we pull that off, then we will be the largest users of energy in the world with such a goal,” said Skinner, who co-authored the bill.
S.B. 100 was held in the Assembly last year after passing the Senate. Skinner says it’s a big deal for the sixth largest economy in the world to implement this policy.
Investor-owned utilities such as Southern California Edison say even though they strongly support a clean-energy future for California, they oppose the bill. “S.B. 100 has fallen short of meeting these needed protections for our customers,” Southern California Edison officials stated last September in a memo including PG&E and San Diego Gas & Electric Company urging a no vote from the Assembly.
A spokesperson with Southern California Edison wrote in an email that the proposal won’t protect customers from rising electricity costs associated with going 100 percent renewable.
The bill will also be tough to pass because it won’t allow nuclear power plants and natural gas to provide electricity. Around 36 percent of the state’s electricity comes from natural gas.
EEO-1 Reports Must Be Filed by March 31
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has completed mailing notification letters for the 2017 EEO-1 survey.
Federal law requires all private employers with 100 or more employees to file the federal EEO-1 report annually. In addition, all federal government contractors and subcontractors with 50 or more employees and a contract of $50,000 or more must file EEO-1 reports.
The survey requires company employment data to be categorized by race/ethnicity, gender and job category. This year, the filing deadline for the EEO-1 Report is March 31, 2018.
The EEOC has an EEO-1 survey website, eeoc.gov/employers/eeo1survey/index.cfm, that contains EEO-1 reference documents, including the sample form, instructions, Q&As, fact sheet and EEO-1 Job Classification Guide. The website also discusses important changes for the 2017 EEO-1 survey.
In addition, the website now contains a new users guide and a new how-to guide.
In 2016, the EEOC approved an EEO-1 Report that would have required large employers to report pay data to the agency, including aggregate information from employee W-2s. Pay data would also need to be broken down by race, ethnicity and sex. In August 2017, however, the requirement to provide pay data was stayed indefinitely.
The announcement that the rule was halted was a break for employers. Many in the business community raised concerns about this reporting requirement. During the rulemaking period, the California Chamber of Commerce submitted comments voicing several concerns about the proposed pay data reporting requirement. Pay data is not required for the 2017 EEO-1 Report.
Contact the EEO-1 Joint Reporting Committee at 1-877-392-4647 (toll-free) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if your business:
- Meets the criteria above but did not receive a 2017 EEO-1 notification letter by January 29, 2018;
- Filed an EEO-1 report in 2016 but did not receive the 2017 EEO-1 notification letter; or
- Has any questions about the EEO-1 survey.