EEOC to Start Collecting EEO-1 Data in April

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will start to collect annual EEO-1 data from covered employers in April, according to a recent agency announcement. The EEO-1 survey asks for the number of employees who work for a covered business sorted by job category, race, ethnicity and gender.

Under federal law, businesses with at least 100 employees and federal contractors with at least 50 employees and a contract of $50,000 or more with the federal government generally must file the EEO-1 form each year. The EEOC uses information about the number of women and minorities companies employ to support civil rights enforcement and analyze employment patterns, according to the agency.

The agency initially planned to open collections in 2020 for employers’ 2019 data but decided to pause the process due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Recognizing the impact that the public health emergency was having on workplaces across America and the challenges that both employers and employees were facing, the EEOC delayed the collections until 2021 to allow EEO filers to be better positioned to provide accurate, valid and reliable data in a timely manner,” the EEOC announced on Jan. 12. For more information and for other reporting deadlines, visit the following EEOC Web page.