May 17 EEO-1 Filing Deadline Stretched Until June 21

By Community Manager posted 05-09-2022 10:44 AM


This year, late EEO-1 filers will have a grace period following the current May 17, 2022, published deadline. On April 12, 2022, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) opened its 2021 EEO-1 Component 1 data collection survey, announcing that covered employers must submit and certify their EEO-1 Component 1 Report by May 17, 2022. 

The EEOC collects workforce data from employers with more than 100 employees, with a lower threshold applying to federal contractors. Employers meeting the reporting thresholds have a legal obligation to provide the data; it is not voluntary. Covered employers are required to submit annual workforce demographic data on their employees by race/ethnicity, sex, and job category. 

EEO-1 reports must be submitted through the EEO-1 Online Filing System or as an electronically transmitted data file. Paper EEO-1 forms will be generated on request and only in extreme cases where internet access is not available to the employer. Instructions on how to file are available on the EEOC’s website. 

According to the EEOC’s frequently asked questions, employers will still be able to file their EEO-1 Component 1 report past the May 17 deadline. After that date, the EEOC will enter the “failure to file” phase, during which filers who have not submitted and certified their mandatory reports by the published deadline will receive a notice of failure to file instructing them to submit and certify their data as soon as possible, specifically no later than June 21, 2022.

June 21, 2022, is a hard deadline. After June 21, the EEOC will not accept any additional 2021 EEO-1 Component 1 Reports, and eligible filers who have not filed will be considered out of compliance, according to the FAQs.

Employers Council members are welcome to contact us with questions.