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RULE §25.85Report of Workforce Diversity and Other Business Practices

(a) Purpose. This section establishes annual reporting requirements for electric utilities to report its progress and efforts to improve workforce diversity and contracting opportunities for small and historically underutilized businesses from its five-year plan filed pursuant to the Public Utility Regulatory Act (PURA) §39.909(b).

(b) Application. This section applies to electric utilities, as defined in PURA §31.002(6) and subject to the requirements of PURA §39.909(c), doing business in the State of Texas.

(c) Terminology. In this section, "small business" and "historically underutilized business" have the meanings assigned by Texas Government Code §481.191.

(d) Annual progress report of workforce and supplier contracting diversity. An "Annual Progress Report on Five-Year Plan to Enhance Supplier and Workforce Diversity" shall be filed annually with the commission. The report shall be filed on or before December 30 of each year for the four prior quarters ending on September 30 of the year the report is filed.

(e) Filing requirements. Four copies of the Annual Progress Report on Five Year Plan to Enhance Supplier and Workforce Diversity shall be filed with the commission's filing clerk under the project number assigned by the Public Utility Commission's Central Records Office for that year's filings. Electric utilities shall obtain the project number by contacting Central Records. A copy of the annual report shall also be sent to the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the African-American and Hispanic Caucus offices of the Texas Legislature.

(f) Contents of the report. The annual report filed with the commission pursuant to this section may be filed using the Workforce and Supplier Contracting Diversity form or an alternative format and shall contain at a minimum the following information:

  (1) An illustration of the diversity of the electric utility's workforce at the time of the report. If the electric utility is required to file an Equal Opportunity Report pursuant to §25.79 of this title (relating to Equal Opportunity Reports), a copy of that document may be attached to this report to satisfy the requirements of this paragraph.

  (2) A description of the specific progress made under the workforce diversity plan filed pursuant to PURA §39.909(b), including:

    (A) the specific initiatives, programs, and activities undertaken during the preceding year; and

    (B) an assessment of the success of each of those initiatives, programs, and activities.

  (3) An explanation of the electric utility's level of contracting with small and historically underutilized businesses.

  (4) The extent to which the electric utility has carried out its initiatives to facilitate opportunities for contracts or joint ventures with small and historically underutilized businesses.

  (5) A description of the initiatives, programs, and activities the electric utility will pursue during the next year to increase the diversity of its workforce and contracting opportunities for small and historically underutilized businesses.

(g) This section may not be used to discriminate against any citizen on the basis of race, nationality, color, religion, sex, or marital status.

(h) This section does not create a new cause of action, either public or private.

Source Note: The provisions of this §25.85 adopted to be effective July 30, 2000, 25 TexReg 7140

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