EEOC Halts Implementation of New EEO-1 Form Pending OMB Review

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday announced that it would postpone the effective date of changes to the EEO-1 report that were finalized last September while the Office of Management and Budget conducts a review to determine whether the revised form meets the standards of the Paperwork Reduction Act. OMB noted that “some aspects of the revised collection of information lack practical utility, are unnecessarily burdensome, and do not adequately address privacy and confidentiality issues.” In addition, EEOC failed to publish for public comment data file specifications for employers to use when submitting EEO-1 data, OMB said.

The EEO-1 collects data on race, ethnicity and gender by occupational category. The revisions in question would require employers with 100 or more employees and federal contractors with 50 or more employees to add pay data and hours worked by sex, race and ethnicity in each of the EEO-1 job categories. The revised data collection requirements would have significantly increased the number of data items from 180 to 3660. For more information, contact ABA’s Cris Naser.