EEOC Delays Collection of EEO Survey Data in Light of COVID-19

In a recent press release, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) announced that it will delay data collection for EEO-1, EEO-3, and EEO-5 surveys due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The EEO-5 Report, formally known as the Elementary-Secondary Staff Information Report, requires all public elementary and secondary school districts with 100 or more employees to collect and submit data regarding workforce gender and race/ethnicity by job grouping. The survey, a joint requirement of the EEOC and the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”), is conducted in even-numbered years.

In order to relieve employers of unnecessary burdens during the COVID-19 public health crisis, the EEOC has delayed the opening of the 2020 EEO-5 data collection to a time when the agency anticipates that public employers will have resumed more normal operations. The EEOC expects to begin collection of the 2020 EEO-5 data in January 2021 and will notify filers of the precise date the survey opens as soon as that information becomes available. The opening of the EEO-5 collection and the new deadline date will be announced via a posted notice on the EEOC website, as well as a notification letter sent to all eligible filers.

Please contact an attorney in our Labor/Personnel practice group if you have questions regarding the impact of COVID-19 on employment matters.

Source: May 7, 2020, Press Release: EEOC Delays EEO Data Collections Due to COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

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