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Navigating EEO-1 Data Requirements

May 1, 2019

As you get ready to prepare your EEO-1 report this year, some events have occurred that may impact your filing. Following the government shutdown this year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency responsible for collecting EEO-1 data, pushed the reporting deadline from March 31 to May 31, 2019.

However, in March a judge ruled Component 2 to the EEO-1 form – data on hours worked and pay information for employees by race, ethnicity and sex originally – put in place by former President Obama’s administration and later yielded by the Trump administration, should be immediately reinstated. The decision led to a debate over when this additional required information should be submitted to the government.

Not equipped to begin collecting this pay data by May 31, the EEOC delayed the Component 2 data filing requirements until September 30, 2019. That didn’t sit well with worker advocate groups. In early April, they asked a federal judge to uphold the original judgement, requiring Component 2 data to be collected by the same May 31 deadline for Component 1 data related to the number of employees who work for the business by job category, race, sex and ethnicity.

On April 25, the judge approved the delay, ordering that employers must submit their EEO-1 Component 2 data by September 30, 2019.

Start Preparing Now 

With the decision now finalized, companies required to file are advised to start collecting EEO-1 data for Component 1 – this data is still due on May 31. As for Component 2, your employees’ pay data must be submitted to the EEOC before September 30. If you haven’t already, start considering a strategy for compiling the Component 2 data so you are ready when the time comes.

If you don’t want to spend days shuffling through papers and compiling data by hand, find a payroll provider that has the resources to store and synthesize your data with the click of a button, like DM Payroll Services. Contact us today!