The annual EEO-1 Report filing deadline is quickly approaching.  The EEO-1 Report is a compliance survey report mandated by federal statute and regulations.  It requires employers to categorize employment data by race/ethnicity, gender and job category and file a report with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  Most private employers who have 100 or more employees must file this report, along with private employers with fewer than 100 employees if the company is affiliated with another company and the entire enterprise employs a total of 100 or more employees.  Additionally, most federal government prime contractors or first-tier subcontractors with 50 or more employees and a contract worth $50,000 or more must also file the EEO-1 Report.  The filing deadline for the EEO-1 Report is September 30th.

Remember that is important to correctly answer the question on the EEO-1 Report about whether the employer is a federal government contractor.  Incorrectly answering this question may lead to an audit by the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) of the employer’s affirmative action program.

Takeaway:  Employers should take care to not only file the EEO-1 Report in a timely fashion, but to also carefully complete the Report so that it is accurate.  Inaccurate or incomplete reports may lead to further investigation by the EEOC or the OFCCP, which employers would be wise to avoid if possible.  More information about the EEO-1 filing requirements may be found on the EEOC’s website at www.eeoc.gov/employers/eeo1survey.