EEOC Delays EEO Data Collection Amid Coronavirus Crisis

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In an effort to relieve employers of unnecessary burdens during the coronavirus crisis, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced it would delay the anticipated opening of the 2019 EEO-1 Component 1 data collection (Employer Information Report) and the 2020 EEO-3 (Local Report) and EEO-5 (Elementary-Secondary Staff Information Report) data collections to a time the agency believes businesses will have resumed normal operations. 

Pending approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), the EEOC expects to begin the collection of 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 data in March 2021. In regards to the 2020 EEO-3 and 2020 EEO-5, the EEOC expects to begin collection in January 2021. Filers of EEO-1, EEO-3 and EEO-5 reports will be notified of the exact date once confirmed.

What is an EEO-1 Report?

The EEO-1 Report is a compliance survey filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), mandated by federal and state regulations. The survey requires companies to report employment data categorized by race/ethnicity, gender and job category.

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Who is Required to Report?

EEO-1 reports collect data on the race, ethnicity, and sex of workers, by job category, from private employers with 100 employees or more, and federal contractors with 50 employees or more and $50,000 in contract(s). 


EEO-1 Report filing errors frequently occur such as pulling data from the wrong quarter, failing to count employees properly, missing the reporting deadline and/or not reporting a merger, acquisition or spinoff. Additionally, failure to include employees in the report who did not self-identify their race, ethnicity or gender, not accurately classifying job titles and/or simply not filing due to lack of awareness or HR resources. If you’re worried about compliance, the experts at Axcet HR Solutions work to remove the HR burden from small to mid-sized businesses. Learn more about our services:

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Trevor Burns

Written by Trevor Burns