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). These surveys collect employment data categorized by race or ethnicity, gender and job category.
The collected data is then used to help the EEOC and other federal agencies enforce Title VII and other fair employment laws.

Important Dates

May 8, 2020
The EEOC announced it will not require employers to file EEO-1, EEO-3 or EEO-5 reports in 2020.
January 2021
The EEOC expects to begin collecting EEO-3 and EEO-5 data for 2020.
March 2021
The EEOC expects to begin collecting EEO-1 Component 1 data for 2019 (and 2020).