The 2021 EEO-1 Component 1 reporting period is currently underway. Most employers with 100 or more employees (and most federal contractors with 50 or more employees) must submit their 2021 EEO-1 Component 1 Report by Tuesday, May 17, 2022. In past years, for various reasons, the EEOC has extended this deadline to permit additional time, sometimes, like last year, extending the deadline many times. The EEOC’s Frequently Asked Questions on EEO-1 Reporting suggest we should no longer expect extended reporting periods.

A new FAQ explains that EEOC will permit employers to submit their EEO-1 Reports after the May 17, 2022 deadline—during what EEOC is calling the “failure to file” phase, stating

All filers who have not submitted and certified their mandatory 2021 EEO-1 Component 1 Report(s) by the Tuesday, May 17, 2022 published deadline will receive a notice of failure to file instructing them to submit and certify their data AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, and NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2022. This additional time, through Tuesday, June 21st, 2022, will be available to ALL filers who have not submitted and certified their 2021 EEO-1 Component 1 Report(s) by the May 17, 2022 published deadline.

The FAQ goes on to warn:

Please be advised that AFTER the June 21, 2022 deadline passes, NO additional 2021 EEO-1 Component 1 Reports will be accepted, and eligible filers will be out of compliance with their mandatory 2021 EEO-1 Component 1 filing obligation.

Despite this potential extra time, the official submission deadline remains May 17.

So to ensure compliance employers should continue to prepare their reports with urgency. But this additional breathing room will come as welcome news for employers that are unable to submit in the next two weeks.