Overview: Employers must remain compliant with the various federal and state laws and regulations that impose reporting requirements. While many of these requirements vary depending on an employer's industry or its contractual relationships, most employers must comply with equal employment opportunity (EEO) reporting requirements. In addition, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires a number of reports depending on the employer's particular circumstances. Regarding environmental protections, employers in certain states may have additional requirements than those imposed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Employers in the pharmaceutical industry have different reporting requirements than those in the transportation sector. However, reporting of new hires, retirement benefits and health and welfare plans are subject to strict regulatory rules across industries.
Although some employers may view such requirements as costly and onerous, proper recordkeeping practices and sound internal audit procedures will lessen the possibility of future fines and penalties.
Trends: Due to several high-profile corporate frauds, reporting requirements in the financial sector have increased in the past decade. Various stakeholders continue to track the rising costs of additional reporting requirements under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX) and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank).
Author: Marta Moakley, JD, Legal Editor
Updated to remove December 1, 2016, overtime requirements that will not be implemented or enforced.
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Updated to reflect forthcoming requirements for employers to electronically report injury and illness data to OSHA.
Affordable Care Act information-reporting due dates for 2015 have been extended.
HR guidance on reporting requirements.