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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comments Request

AGENCY: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
ACTION: Notice of information collection under review: ADEA waivers.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Commission or EEOC) announces that it intends to submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for an extension without change to existing collection requirements under 29 CFR 1625.22, Waivers of rights and claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The Commission is seeking public comments on the proposed extension.
DATES: Written comments on this notice must be submitted on or before January 19, 2007.
ADDRESSES: Comments should be submitted to Stephen Llewellyn, Executive Officer, Executive Secretariat, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 10th Floor, 1801 L Street, NW., Washington, DC 20507. As a convenience to commentators, the Executive Secretariat will accept comments totaling six or fewer pages by facsimile ("FAX") machine. This limitation is necessary to assure access to the equipment. The telephone number for the FAX receiver is (202) 663-4114. (This is not a toll-free number.) Receipt of FAX transmittals will not be acknowledged, except that the sender may request confirmation of receipt by calling the Executive Secretariat staff at (202) 663-4070 (voice) or (202) 663-4074 (TDD). (These are not toll-free telephone numbers.) Copies of comments submitted by the public will be available for review at the Commission's library, Room 6502, 1801 L Street, NW., Washington, DC 20507 between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas J. Schlageter, Assistant LegalCounsel or Mona Papillon, General Attorney, Office of Legal Counsel, at (202) 663-4640 or TTY (202) 663-7026. This notice is also available in the following formats: large print, braille, audio tape and electronic file on computer disk. Requests for this notice in an alternative format should be made to the Publications Center at 1-800-669-3362.

The EEOC enforces the ADEA of 1967, as amended, 29 U.S.C. 621et seq., which prohibits discrimination against employees and applicants for employment who are age 40 or older. Congress amended the ADEA by enacting the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act of 1990 (OWBPA), Pub. L. 101-433, 104 Stat. 983(1990), to clarify the prohibitions against discrimination on the basis of age. In Title II of OWBPA, Congress addressed waivers of rights and claims under the ADEA. The provisions of Title II of OWBPA require employers to provide certain information to employees (but not to EEOC) in writing when asking those employees to waive or release ADEA claims. The regulation at 29 CFR 1625.22 reiterates those requirements. The EEOC seeks extension without change of the information collection requirements contained in this record keeping regulation.

Overview of This Information Collection

Collection title:Disclosure requirements under Title II of the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act of 1990 (OWBPA), 29 CFR Part 1625.

OMB number:3046-0042

Type of respondents:Business, state or local governments, not for profit institutions.

Description of affected public:Any employer with 20 or more employees that seeks waiver agreements in connection with exit incentive or other employment termination programs (hereinafter, “Exit Program”).

Number of responses:13,713.

Reporting hours:41,139.

Number of forms:None.

Federal cost:None.

Abstract:This requirement involves providing adequate information in waiver agreements offered to a group or class of persons in connection with an Exit Program, to satisfy the requirements of the OWBPA.

Burden statement:The only paperwork burden involved is the inclusion of the relevant data in waiver agreements under the OWBPA. The rule applies to those employers who have 20 or more employees and who offer waivers to a group or class of employees in connection with an Exit Program.

Pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, and OMB regulations 5 CFR 1320.8(d)(1), the Commission solicits public comment to enable it to:

(1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the Commission's functions, including whether the information will have practical utility;

(2) Evaluate the accuracy of the Commission's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

(3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

(4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

For the Commission.

Dated: November 9, 2006. Naomi Churchill Earp, Chair.