From the Desk of General Counsel: Important EEOC Dates & Deadlines

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As per the EEOC, “The EEOC collects workforce data from employers with more than 100 employees (lower thresholds apply to federal contractors). Employers meeting the reporting thresholds have a legal obligation to provide the data; it is not voluntary. The data is collected using the reports below and is used for a variety of purposes including enforcement, self-assessment by employers, and research. Each of the reports collects data about gender and race/ethnicity by some type of job grouping. This information is shared with other authorized federal agencies in order to avoid duplicate collection of data and reduce the burden placed on employers. Although the data is confidential, aggregated data is available to the public.” 

Below are important dates and deadlines that you organization may need to be aware of. 

Update: NEW and FINAL Filing Deadline for 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 Data Collection

  • Recognizing the continuing impact of the pandemic on business operations, the deadline to submit and certify 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 Reports HAS BEEN CHANGED. The new filing deadline is NOW Monday, October 25, 2021.

EEO-3 (Local Union Report) Data Collection

  • Update:  2020 EEO-3 Data Collection is NOW open.
  • After delaying the opening of the 2020 EEO-3 Data Collection on May 8, 2020 in light of the COVID-19 public health emergency, the 2020 EEO-3 Data Collection  opened on Tuesday, August 24, 2021. The deadline for submitting 2020 EEO-3 data will be Monday, November 1, 2021.

EEO-4 Data Collection

  • Update:  New Scheduled Opening of 2021 EEO-4 Data Collection
  • The 2021 EEO-4 Data Collection is scheduled to open October 2021.  Filers should begin preparing to submit data in anticipation of the October 2021 opening. The precise opening date of the collection, as well as the new submission deadline date, will be announced by posting a notice on the EEOC’s home page at as well as on the new dedicated website for the EEOC’s data collections at  As in previous years, a notification letter will also be sent to eligible filers. Please visit  for more information regarding updates on the data collections. 

EEO-5 Data Collection:

  • Update:  2020 EEO-5 Data Collection Is NOW OPEN
  • After delaying the opening of the 2020 EEO-5 Data Collection on May 8, 2020 in light of the COVID-19 public health emergency, the 2020 EEO-5 Data Collection is NOW OPEN. The deadline for submitting 2020 EEO-5 data is Monday, October 4, 2021. Filers should visit the newly launched EEO-5 website at for the latest filing updates and additional information. By visiting the EEO-5 Filer Support Center located at, filers can request assistance as well as find helpful resources, including the 2020 EEO-5 Instruction Booklet, FAQs and a Fact Sheet. Filers may also contact the EEO-5 Filer Support Team at or toll free at 1-855-EEOC-035 (1-855-336-2035).
  • The Elementary – Secondary Staff Information Report (EEO-5), EEOC Form 168A, also referred to as the EEO-5 Report, is a mandatory biennial data collection that requires all public elementary and secondary school systems and districts with 100 or more employees to submit demographic workforce data, including data by race/ethnicity, sex, and activity assignment classification. The filing by eligible school systems or districts is required under section 709(c) of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 2000e-8(c), 29 CFR 1602.39 and .41-.45

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