The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has published for public comment proposed new rules governing the process under which the agency implements so-called guidance documents. The proposal is in response to an Executive Order (E.O. 13891) issued by President Trump last year requiring most federal agencies (1) to establish a searchable, indexed database accessible to the public that contains or links to all “guidance” documents that are in effect from that agency, and (2) to finalize or amend existing regulations that set forth a process for issuing guidance documents.

Notably, the EEOC is the first workplace regulatory agency to conform to E.O. 13891, although covered agencies were given a deadline of April 28 to comply. We expect to see similar proposals from other agencies, including the Department of Labor (DOL), in the coming weeks.

The EEOC’s proposed rule is open for public comment until June 19, 2020.

Members of the Center for Workplace Compliance (CWC) can read more here.