The deadline for submitting and certifying 2022 EEO-1 Component 1 reports is Tuesday, December 5, 2023. The EEO-1 Component 1 report is a mandatory annual data collection that requires certain employers to submit demographic workforce data to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”). Generally speaking, private sector employers with 100 or more employees, and federal government contractors and subcontractors (“Federal Contractors”) with at least 50 employees and a federal government contract of $50,000 or more are required to file their EEO-1 reports annually.
The Fluet Government Contracts team has been monitoring updates for this filing cycle as the EEOC makes changes to try to improve the filing process and quality of data collection. For example, EEOC has implemented self-service options and an online Filer Support Team Message Center for filer support, as announced in a Press Release by EEOC dated October 31, 2023. As part of its continuing modernization efforts, the EEOC has published a redesigned 2022 EEO-1 Component 1 Data Collection Instruction Booklet (“Instruction Booklet”), and it has also released three new volumes of frequently asked questions, which can be found at https://www.eeocdata.org/EEO1/home/faq. While those responsible for uploading the data for Federal Contractors will find applicable information in all three volumes of frequently asked questions, the Additional FAQs – Volume 3 focuses on questions and examples for Federal Contractors in particular.
The EEO-1 Component 1 reports must be submitted through the web-based portal, called the EEO-1 Component 1 Online Filing System (“OFS”). Employers may submit the required data either through manual data entry or through data file upload. For those that choose the data file upload option, there is also a newly updated 2022 EEO-1 Component 1 Data File Upload Specifications. As there have been changes to the EEO-1 Component 1 reports, we recommend that required employers begin the filing process as soon as possible to ensure they meet the December 5, 2023 deadline.
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