H.R. 3992 would amend the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, which prohibits age-based discrimination in hiring, to specifically prohibit employers from limiting, segregating, or classifying job applicants on the basis of age. Clarifying the law to include job applicants could increase the number of age discrimination claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Based on current practice, CBO expects that enacting the bill would not significantly increase the number of claims filed with the EEOC or the agency’s workload and would thus not have any significant costs; any spending would be subject to the availability of appropriated funds.
CBO has not reviewed H.R. 3992 for intergovernmental or private-sector mandates. Section 4 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act excludes from the application of that act any legislative provisions that would establish or enforce statutory rights prohibiting discrimination. CBO has determined that this legislation falls within that exclusion because it would extend protections against discrimination in the workplace based on age.