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The EEO-1 report process generates valuable data the government uses to better understand the American workforce. The filing process can be burdensome and confusing, but failing to submit a report can have devastating consequences. Below we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the report. Or, contact us today for help with your EEO-1 Report!

What is an EEO-1 report?

The EEO-1 report is a compliance survey required by federal statute and regulations. The survey asks for company employment data to be categorized by race/ethnicity, gender and job category. A sample copy of the EEO-1 form and instructions are available here.

So, what is the data collected through the EEO-1 Report used for?

The data collected through the EEO-1 survey is mainly used by two federal organizations.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) uses the information to measure the diversity of the American workforce. The EEO-1 provides information about workers’ industry, classification, and geography. The EEOC also uses the data elected to investigate discrimination complaints filed by employees against employers.

The second federal organization that uses the data is the office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (FCCP). It uses the data in its decision process when auditing government contractors for affirmative action compliance.

When is the 2019 EEO-1 report due?

The 2019 EEO-1 deadline is approaching quickly! The EEO-1 report deadline has been extended to May 31, 2019, the report was originally due March 31, 2019.

Who is required to file an EEO-1 report?

Companies with 100 or more employees, and federal contractors with 50 or more employees and a contract of $50,000 or more, must file the EEO-1.

Who does NOT have to file the EEO-1 report?

Companies with less than 100 employees and federal contractors with less than 50, even if they have a contract of $50,000 or more.

Common EEO-1 Filing errors to avoid

  • Failing to report your organization has gone through a merger, acquisition, or spinoff.
  • Excluding employees who do not self-identify their race, ethnicity or gender. The EEOC provides guidance on how employers are required to handle those instances.
  • Improperly classifying job titles. The EEOC gives guidance on proper job classification.

What happens if I fail to file the EEO-1 Report?

There are no civil penalties or fees for failing to file the EEO-1 report. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) does have the option of filling a court order to non-compliant employers, compelling them to file.

Government contractors with 50 or more employees, and a contract of $50,000 or more, who fail to file an EEO-1 report can have their contract cancelled by the office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (FCCP).

What happens if you file a false EEO-1 Report?

Employers who willfully file a false EEO-1 Report can suffer significant financial penalties, or imprisonment. Perpetrators can serve up to five years imprison and be fined up to $250,000.

What if I still need help?

The EEO-1 report is a valuable source of data that helps us better understand our economy and the labor market. Unfortunately, it can also be a time consuming and cumbersome process. The EEOC has pieced together a handy EEO-1 Report Filing Guide to help your through the process.

Or, if you find yourself having trouble understanding the process, or just don’t have the time or manpower to manage it, please reach out to XcelHR. Our mission is to help businesses grow faster and become more profitable. We accomplish this by alleviating the employee management burden from the employer. XcelHR's human resources administration services help you balance the day-to-day human capital management responsibilities with your strategic business initiatives. We streamline your HR processes with our HRIS software and provide HR expertise to answer your toughest HR questions.