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EEOC Announces Opening Date for Collection of EEO-1 Data

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that it will be opening its EEO-1 portal for 12 weeks starting on April 26th, 2021. Covered employers must submit their EEO-1 reports each year. These reports include component 1 data which details the number of employees that work for them and is then sorted by job category, race, ethnicity, and sex.

Who Needs to File?  

Employers 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 must file the EEO-1 annually under current federal law. The EEOC uses the information from these reports to analyze employment patterns, according to the agency.

The EEOC originally had planned to open collections of data in 2020 for 2019 numbers but opted to pause the process due to the onset of COVID-19. Covered employers will now need to submit data for 2019 AND 2020 as of April 26th, 2021. Employers will have until July 19th, 2021to submit their data. The EEOC is extending the data collection period from 10 weeks to 12 to provide additional time to gather data for both years due.

On a federal level, only data from component 1 is required to be submitted. They will not be collecting component 2 data which included employee’s hours worked and pay information. While this information had been collected for 2017 and 2018, collection was halted after a legal dispute arose in recent years and has not been collected on a federal level, since.

Although it is not being collected on a federal level, it may still be required on a state level.  For instance,  California recently passed a law under which component 2 data is required to be submitted to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).

It is recommended that employers speak with a trusted expert or partner to ensure the reports that they are submitting are in compliance with the EEOC standards and requirements. Similarly, employers can visit the EEOC’s site for further updates on data collection and filing assistance.

Is there anything Payroll Systems can help you with as you accommodate rapid legislation changes?  Looking for robust payroll and HR reporting tools for your organization?  Reach out and talk to us about the easy-to-scale solutions you need for your business.

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