The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) routinely collects information on employee demographics from public and private employers. The timing and type of report depends on the type of employer. For example, private employers file EEO-1 reports annually, while others file on a less frequent basis. Due to COVID-19, the EEOC did not require employers to file any reports in 2020. Yesterday, January 12, 2021, the EEOC announced a general timeframe for the filing periods for each type of data collection, although the filing deadlines have not been set. The schedule includes:
- EEO-1 (private sector employers with 100 or more employees, or that have 50 employees and are a prime contractor or first tier subcontractor with the federal government). The filing database for the EEO-1 Component 1 reports for 2019 and 2020 will open in April 2021. This represents an extension of the usual March 31st deadline.
- EEO-5 (public elementary/secondary school districts and separately administered schools meeting certain size requirements). The filing database for the 2020 report will open in July 2021.
- EEO-3 (local referral unions with 100 or more employees). The filing database for the 2020 report will open in August 2021.
- EEO-4 (state governments as well as local governments meeting certain size requirements). The filing database for the 2021 report will open in October 2021.
When the exact database opening and deadline dates are established, the EEOC will post a notice on their home page (EEOC.gov), send a notification letter to the contact from the most recent EEO filing, and provide more information on their new filing website: https://EEOCdata.org. The EEOC encourages all employers to begin gathering their data now.