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► EEO-1 Reporting Deadline Is March 31

The Employer Information Report EEO-1, otherwise known as the EEO-1 Report, typically must be filed with the Joint Reporting Committee (JRC) on or by September 30 of each year. However, this year the report (for the 2017 EEO-1 reporting cycle) is due by March 31, 2018.

This year’s filing period was extended after the EEOC attempted to require a compensation analysis of 12 pay bands as part of the EEO-1 report. The additional data requirements have been put on hold pending a comprehensive review of the effectiveness of the pay data collection aspects of the EEO-1 form. Because of the revisions to the reporting requirements, the EEO-1 report is due March 31, 2018 instead of the usual deadline of September 30.

What is the EEO-1 Report?

The EEO-1 is an annual survey that requires certain private employers and federal government contractors to file a report on their employee workforce by race, ethnicity, gender and job category. The filing of the EEO-1 report is not voluntary, but is required by federal law.

The employment data used for the 2017 EEO-1 report must include race/ethnicity, gender, and job category information for all employees—full-time and part-time. The data should be collected using a payroll period in October, November, or December 2017, which is the last quarter of 2017 for this year’s report. This payroll period is the 2017 "workforce snapshot period."

Who Must File?

The EEO-1 reporting requirement applies to:

1) all federal contractors (private employers) who have 50 or more employees and:

  • have federal government contracts of $50,000 or more, or
  • serve as a depository of Government funds in any amount, or
  • is a financial institution which is an issuing and paying agent for U.S. Savings Bonds and Notes.

2) private employers who do not have federal government contracts but have 100 or more employees (EXCLUDING State and local governments, primary and secondary school systems, institutions of higher education, Indian tribes and tax-exempt private membership clubs other than labor organizations).

The EEOC has used EEO-1 data since 1966 to support civil rights enforcement and to analyze employment patterns, such as the representation of female and minority workers within companies, industries or regions.  As required by law, the individual reports are kept confidential.

When and How to File

The filing period for the annual EEO-1 report is now open and it must be filed no later than March 31. The EEOC prefers that EEO-1 reports be filed electronically using the agency’s web-based filing system.

EEOC's EEO-1 survey website contains reference documents such as filing information and instructions, a sample form, FAQ's, a fact sheet and EEO-1 Job Classification Guide. Employers also may contact the EEO-1 Joint Reporting Committee at 1-877-392-4647 for assistance.



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