The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is delaying collection of certain data from employers until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The EEOC announced May 7 that it is delaying opening the 2019 EEO-1 Component 1 data collection and the 2020 EEO-3 and EEO-5 data collections.
The commission will collect 2019 EEO-1 Component 1 data along with the 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 data in March 2021.
The commission said it expects to begin collecting the 2020 EEO-3 and 2020 EEO-5 data in January 2021.
The EEOC will notify filers of the precise date the surveys will open as soon as it is available.
"The EEOC recognizes the impact that the current public health emergency is having on workplaces across America and the challenges that both employers and employees alike are now facing," the commission said in a statement.
"Delaying the collections until 2021 will ensure that EEO filers are better positioned to provide accurate, valid, and reliable data in a timely manner."
An employer's EEO-1 Component 1 data—the employer information report—lists employees along racial, ethnic, and gender lines.
The EEO-3 report, the local union report, collects labor force data from local referral unions with 100 or more employees.
The EEO-5 report, the public school report, is a joint requirement of the EEOC and the Office of Civil Rights for public elementary and secondary school districts to provide workforce data.
EEO-1 data is collected annually while EEO-3 and EEO-5 data are collected biennially in even-number years.
The commission’s EEO surveys collect data from employers in different sectors of the workforce.
In addition to notices on its website, the EEOC will be contacting EEO-1, 3, and 5 filers about the delays.