EEO-1 Update: EEOC Requires Employers to Submit Pay Data By September 30, 2019

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By: Connie N. Bertram and Jack Blum

On April 3, 2019, the EEOC announced in a court filing that it will require employers to submit 2018 EEO-1 pay and hours data by September 30, 2019.  With EEO-1 reports currently due by May 31, 2019, this announcement gives employers four additional months to collect and submit this information.  The extension of the EEO-1 deadline appears only to apply to Component 2 pay and hours data because EEOC’s website still lists the deadline for submission of the Component 1 demographic data as May 31, 2019.  The EEOC’s filing states that employers will not be required to report 2017 pay and hours data at this time.

The EEOC’s filing came in response to a March 19, 2019 order from Judge Chutkan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia requiring the agency to state its position on the filing of the Component 2 submission in light of her prior summary judgment ruling reinstating the Component 2 obligation.  A link to our blog summarizing the March 4, 2019 summary judgment order is included here.  The plaintiffs in the case will now have until April 8, 2019 to respond to the EEOC’s announcement.

In another development in the case, a coalition of employer advocacy groups (including, among others, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Society for Human Resources Management, and Associated Builders and Contractors) on April 4, 2019 filed an amicus curiae brief requesting that employers be provided at least 18 months to comply with the reinstated pay and hours data submission requirement.  The coalition also raised concerns about the EEOC’s ability to maintain the confidentiality of Component 2 pay data it receives.

Polsinelli will continue to monitor these developments closely.