Affirmative Action laws & HR compliance analysis

Affirmative Action: What you need to know

Note: After delaying the opening of the 2019 EEO-1 Component 1 and the 2020 EEO-3 and 2020 EEO-5 Data Collections on May 8, 2020, in light of the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that the collections will open in 2021. The EEOC will open four data collections in 2021, including the 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 Data Collection, as well as the 2020 EEO-3, 2021 EEO-4, and 2020 EEO-5 Data Collections. The collections are scheduled to open in the following months:
• April 2021: 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 Data Collection (Private Sector Employers)On March 29, 2021, the EEOC announced that data collection will open on April 26, 2021. The deadline is July 19, 2021, which allows 12 weeks for employers to file. The EEOC will begin to formally notify EEO-1 filers via e-mail beginning on March 29, 2021, and advises filers to begin preparing to submit data in anticipation of the April 26 opening of the data collection period.
• July 2021: 2020 EEO-5 Data Collection (Public Elementary/Secondary School Districts)
• August 2021: 2020 EEO-3 Data Collection (Local Referral Unions)
• October 2021: 2021 EEO-4 Data Collection (State/Local Governments)
The EEOC’s announcement advises EEO filers to begin preparing to submit data in anticipation of the openings and notes that the precise opening dates of the collections, as well as the new submission deadline dates, will be announced by posting a notice on the EEOC’s home pageand on the new dedicated website for the agency’s EEO data collections at For more information, see the EEOC’s Alert.
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