Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, employers and unions that are subject to equal employment opportunity (EEO) reporting under Title VII of the Civil Right Act will not be required to file EEO surveys in 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced on May 8, 2020.
The following EEO surveys, which the EEOC had previously expected to open in 2020, have been delayed:
- The 2019 EEO-1 Component 1 (required from private employers with 100 or more employees and certain federal contractors);
- The 2020 EEO-3 (required from local referral unions with 100 or more members); and
- The 2020 EEO-5 (required from public elementary and secondary school districts with 100 or more employees).
According to the EEOC, delaying the 2020 collections will help ensure that filers are better positioned to provide accurate, valid and reliable data in a timely manner. In the meantime, the EEOC also plans to make direct contact with EEO-1, 3, and 5 filers about the delayed opening of the surveys.