Federal Ethnicity Reporting Change
From: Tara L. Ferguson, PHR, Human Resources Analyst University of Alaska Statewide
Due to these changes in federal data collection and reporting requirements, employers began using new reporting categories effective January 1, 2009. These new requirements modify some of the ethnicity and race categories used in the past for federal reporting. The prior system, designated by the federal government, allowed only one option by which to categorize yourself. One of the benefits of this new schema is that it allows people to choose an ethnicity as defined by the U.S. government and then to choose one or many races. A person can choose as many races as they want from the list, as there are many people who fall into more than one category.
To ensure that current employee data is reported accurately, we are asking all current employees to review the ethnicity and race information presently on file. This information came from forms you completed at the time of hire. You can review this information online by going to http://uaonline.alaska. edu and also make any updates, if necessary. For detailed information and instructions, please refer to the following URL: www.alaska.edu/hr/docs/eeo_instructions.pdf
Please note that the information you provide will be used only for federal reporting purposes.