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EEOC Delays EEO Data Collections Due to COVID-19

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is delaying the opening of its 2019 EEO-1 Component 1 data collection, as well as the 2020 EEO-3 and EEO-5 data collections due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


The EEOC announced the news Thursday morning, noting that the delay will allow filers to be “better positioned to provide accurate, valid and reliable data in a timely manner.” Filers include private employers, unions and public school districts, all of which are “dealing with unique and urgent issues” because of the pandemic.

The EEOC said that EEO-1, EEO-3 and EEO-5 filers should begin preparing to submit data in 2021. The agency expects to begin collecting the 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 in March 2021, pending approval from the White House’s Office of Management and Budget. The agency expects to collect 2020 EEO-3 and the 2020 EEO-5 in January 2021.

In addition to updates to the EEOC website, the agency said it will be reaching out directly to EEO-1, 3, and 5 filers regarding the delayed opening of the surveys.

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