The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently announced that the 2022 EEO-1 Form reporting deadline is again being postponed.
Reporting, which was expected to begin in July, is now “tentatively” scheduled to open sometime this fall, according to the commission
“The EEOC is currently completing a mandatory, three-year renewal of the EEO-1 Component 1 data collection by the Office of Management and Budget under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA),” the commission explained.
It said that all updates for the 2022 EEO-1 Component 1 data collection, including the final opening date and opening of the Filer Support Message Center, eventually will be posted to www.eeocdata.org/eeo1 as they become available.
“OMB’s approval of the EEO-1 report every three years has generally been a routine matter,” points out attorney David Goldstein of the law firm of Littler Mendelson
“It seems reasonable to suspect that the continued delay in the 2022 reporting cycle reflects a political battle over proposals to resume the collection of pay data as part of annual EEO-1 reporting,” he says.
The newest federal pay reporting requirement had been adopted in 2017 and 2018 but discontinued later by the Trump administration.
While the Biden administration appears to favor its return, the current commission, composed of two Democrat and two Republican commissioners, seems unlikely to agree to such a proposal.
“Therefore, as long as the nomination of a third Democrat to the five-person commission remains stalled in the Senate, such a change in reporting requirements seems unlikely,” Goldstein adds.
EEOC points out that the delay does not change the types of demographic workforce data historically collected by the EEO-1 (that is, employee data by job category and sex and race or ethnicity).