EEO-1 Reporting Deadline Delayed Due to COVID-19

EEO-1 Report

Employers required to submit an EEO-1 report will get a reprieve in 2020—but employers should start preparing the data.

On May 7, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, it will not require employers to file the EEO-1 Component 1 Report for 2019 until March 2021 (Source).

The EEOC hopes that the delay in collection will ensure that “EEO filers are better positioned to provide accurate, valid, and reliable data in a timely manner.” The announcement specified that the EEOC will notify filers of the exact date that the surveys will open as soon as they have it available.

Pending approval from the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), employers will be required to submit employee data for both 2019 and 2020 during the March 2021 collection period.

As a reminder, the EEO-1 report no longer requires collection of employee pay data, after the EEOC eliminated that requirement in September 2019.

For more information on the EEO-1 report, visit the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission website.

What is the EEO-1 Report?

The EEO-1 report is the EEOC’s annual workforce diversity questionnaire that gathers employee data by job category, race/ethnicity, and gender. The data collected is used to support civil rights enforcement and to analyze employment patterns, such as the representation of female and minority workers within companies, industries, or regions. Failure to submit the report and/or false reporting could rules in fines, lawsuits, and/or imprisonment.

Who must file an EEO-1 Report?

Private employers with at least 100 employees, as well as select federal government contractors, are required by law to complete and file the Employer Information Report EEO-1 with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Joint Reporting Committee (EEOC’s JRC).

This article is for general informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Readers should first consult their attorney, accountant or adviser before acting upon any information in this article.