The White House will not see through a proposal by the Obama administration that would have mandated that businesses collect data about how much they pay workers by gender and ethnicity, according to a report published Tuesday evening.

Former President Barack Obama's White House had approved the requirement in 2016 as a way to respond to significant pay differences between women and men and disparities among other groups.

However, the Trump administration said Tuesday the program would pose too much of a burden on employers, who would have had to turn in data starting in the spring.

"It's enormously burdensome," Neomi Rao, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, told the Wall Street Journal. "We don't believe it would actually help us gather information about wage and employment discrimination."

Employers of 100 or more workers and federal contractors with at least 50 employees would have been required to hand over compensation data.

White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump also issued a statement about the decision not to continue with the Obama-era proposal.

"Ultimately, while I believe the intention was good and agree that pay transparency is important, the proposed policy would not yield the intended results," Trump said. "We look forward to continuing to work with EEOC, OMB, Congress and all relevant stakeholders on robust policies aimed at eliminating the gender wage gap."