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EEOC Delays 2019 and 2020 EEO Data Collections until 2021



May 08, 2020

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On May 8, 2020, the EEOC published an announcement that it will delay the opening of the 2019 EEO-1 Component 1 and the 2020 EEO-3 and EEO-5 data collections until 2021 due to the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on employers. Pending approval of the extension by the OMB, the EEOC expects to begin data collections as follows:

Year EEO-1, Component 1 EEO-3 EEO-5
2019 March 2021
2020 March 2021 January 2021 January 2021

The specific date on which the surveys will open is expected to be announced as soon as the information is available. 

Generally, employers with at least 100 employees, and federal contractors with 50 or more employees and a federal contract of $50,000 or more must file EEO-1 component 1 data. Component 1 data provides information on the racial, ethnic, and gender composition of the workforce by job category during a specified period of time. The EEOC uses the data to analyze employment patterns, such as the employment of women and minorities in companies, industries, and regions. The EEOC provides information to employers regarding filing requirements here

In September 2019, the EEOC advised OMB that it would not seek approval to collect Component 2 data for the 2019 reporting cycle, because it had greatly underestimated the cost to employers of the reporting. The controversial EEO-1 Component 2 required employers to report aggregate compensation data. Absent a successful legal challenge to EEOC’s decision, or a change in the Administration, Component 2 is not expected to return. 

The EEO-3 report collects labor force data from Local Referral Unions with 100 or more employees within 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The EEO-5 report, also known as the Elementary-Secondary Staff Information Report, covers all public elementary and secondary school districts in the U.S. with 100 or more employees.

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If you have questions regarding your obligations with respect to filing EEO reports or any related issue, contact Molly Kurt, or your Husch Blackwell attorney.

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Tracey Oakes O’Brien, Knowledge Manager, is a co-author of this article.