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Company Pay, Diversity Data Might Be Off-Limits Via FOIA (2)

June 24, 2019, 7:44 PMUpdated: June 25, 2019, 4:10 PM

Businesses can better cloister their employee pay data and other private workforce information from Freedom of Information Act requests submitted to the government after a June 24 U.S. Supreme Court decision.

In a 6-3 opinion, the justices held that certain Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program data provided by grocers to a federal agency is shielded from FOIA disclosure. That data, the court said, falls within the scope of an exemption for confidential information that’s “both customarily and actually treated as private by its owner and provided to the government under an assurance of privacy.”

The decision has implications for pay ...