The 2016 EEO-1 filing period is fast approaching. Once the 2016 Survey opens, companies will have until September 30, 2016 to complete their annual filing requirements. On July 25, 2016, the EEO-1 Joint Reporting Committee (JRC) notified companies that all reporting for the EEO-1 reports will now be done electronically. In previous years, companies that did not manually upload data on the EEO-1 site had to email the data file to a member of the JRC and wait for confirmation that the data file had been uploaded. Now, companies can upload data files directly to the production database according to the specifications to the JRC’s database and be informed immediately of acceptance or errors regarding the data submission.

With the new process, the JRC aims to improve the experience with data file submission, reduce the burden of filing EEO-1 reports as well as the wait times, and make the filing process more transparent so that issues with the data file can be revealed in “real time.”

As a reminder, a companies’ 2015 EEO-1 password will not work for the 2016 EEO-1 filing. Companies should receive a password notification from the JRC concerning 2016 passwords.