EEOC Delays Collection of EEO Data

May 08, 2020

The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission is delaying the collection of the 2019 EEO-1 Component 1 data collection and the 2020 EEO-3 and EEO-5 data collections due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The EEOC does not expect to begin collecting the EEO-1 data until March 2021, and the EEO-3 and EEO-5 data until January 2021.  The EEOC said it anticipated filers will have resumed “more normal operations” by this time and will notify filers of the precise date the surveys will be open as soon as it is available. 

The EEOC cited a need to “relieve employers of unnecessary burdens” during the current pandemic, and said its decision was consistent with delays in federal reporting requirements across the government.  “The EEOC recognizes the impact that the current public health emergency is having on workplaces across America and the challenges that both employers and employees alike are now facing.”

Outlook:  With EEO data collections postponed until 2021, employers can devote more resources to dealing with COVID-19 issues and should be on the lookout for further direction from the EEOC regarding when exactly the surveys will be open.