EEOC Announces Deadlines (For Now) for Submission of 2018 EEO-1 Data

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By: Connie N. Bertram and Jack Blum

On February 1, 2019, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) announced that it would postpone the opening of the submission period for EEO-1 survey responses until “early March 2019” and extend the deadline for submission of EEO-1 data until May 31, 2019.  According to the EEOC, more specific information about the EEO-1 filing schedule will be published “in the coming weeks.”  The full EEOC announcement can be found here.

The reason for these postponements is the lapse in the EEOC’s appropriations due to the partial government shutdown.  Because the January 25, 2019 agreement to end the partial government shutdown only funded the affected agencies (including the EEOC) through February 15, 2019, it is possible that the EEO-1 period could again be pushed back if President Trump and Congress cannot reach a longer-term agreement to fund the federal government.

The EEO-1 seeks demographic data regarding the workforces of large employers.  Government contractors or first-tier subcontractors with 50 or more employees and a federal contract, subcontract, or purchase order exceeding $50,000 are required to file an EEO-1 report, as are all private employers with more than 100 employees.