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EEOC Announces Extension of EEO-1 Opening, Filing Deadlines

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that it will extend the deadline for filing 2018 EEO-1 reports from March 31, 2019 to May 31, 2019. The survey, which usually opens in early January, will now open in early March of this year. This one-time extension was occasioned by the recent partial shutdown of the federal government—the EEOC was one of the agencies shuttered by the 35-day closure, the longest in history.

As we reported earlier, typically in early January, employers that filed EEO-1 reports in the prior year would have received postcards from EEOC providing company log-in information for the EEO-1 web portal. Those postcards were not sent out during the shutdown, and the EEO-1’s web portal was inaccessible during that time. It was anticipated that the EEOC would announce an adjustment to the filing schedule to address issues raised by the shutdown.

In its recent announcement, the EEOC indicated that details and instructions for 2018 EEO-1filers (including the exact date of the survey opening) will be forthcoming, and has advised filers to monitor its EEO-1 website (https://www.eeoc.gov/employers/eeo1survey/index.cfm) in coming weeks for schedule updates. We will provide additional information as we receive it.

With the anticipated extension of the filing deadline now official, companies should begin to prepare their EEO-1 reports, using workforce data from one payroll in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Other recommended practices for employers preparing their EEO-1 reports include:

  • Using visual survey or other available information to identify the sex and race or ethnicity of employees that choose not to self-identify. Employers are not permitted to omit employees of unknown status from the EEO-1 report;
  • Determining the most appropriate payroll period from which to pull the workforce snapshot; and
  • For federal contractors, making sure that their EEO-1 establishments properly align with their affirmative action plan establishments.

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