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EEOC Regulations

EEOC regulations implement the federal workplace discrimination laws and are found in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Before the Commission votes to issue a final regulation, EEOC usually first issues a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for public comment, and sometimes even an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to gather information about the relevant issues. Final regulations, as well as ANPRMs and NPRMS, must be approved by a majority of the Commissioners. In addition, EEOC's significant regulatory actions are approved by the Office of Management and Budget, and are coordinated with other federal agencies.

You can search, view, and comment on proposed Federal regulations from approximately 160 Federal Departments and Agencies through Regulations.Gov.


Proposed Regulations

Proposed Regulations

The EEOC has published its semiannual regulatory agenda pursuant to Executive Order 12866, 58 FR 51735, and the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. chapter 6. The agenda lists all regulations that are scheduled for review or development during the next 12 months or that have been finalized since the publication of the last agenda. The Annual Regulatory Plan lists the most important regulations under review or development for the next 12 months.



Existing Regulations

Existing Regulations

EEOC's regulations are published annually in Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The CFR is available online through the U.S. Government Printing Office. The links below will connect you with EEOC's regulations in the CFR, which are included in parts 1600 through 1699. Because of the CFR's annual publication schedule, we may link to e-CFR for new or recently amended regulations. The e-CFR is a regularly updated, unofficial editorial compilation of CFR material and Federal Register amendments. Please also see New and Proposed Regulations above for recent developments. 

1600 Employee responsibilities and conduct

1601 Procedural regulations

1602 Recordkeeping and reporting requirements under title VII, the ADA and GINA

1603 Procedures for previously exempt State and local government employee complaints of employment discrimination under section 321 of the Government Employee Rights Act of 1991

1604 Guidelines on discrimination because of sex

1605 Guidelines on discrimination because of religion

1606 Guidelines on discrimination because of national origin

1607 Uniform guidelines on employee selection procedures (1978)

1608 Affirmative action appropriate under title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended

1610 Availability of records

1611 Privacy Act regulations

1612 Government in the Sunshine Act regulations

1614 Federal sector equal employment opportunity

1615 Enforcement of nondiscrimination on the basis of handicap in programs or activities conducted by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

1620 The Equal Pay Act

1621 Procedures--the Equal Pay Act

1625 Age Discrimination in Employment Act

1626 Procedures--Age Discrimination in Employment Act

1627 Records to be made or kept relating to age: notices to be posted: administrative exemptions

1630 Regulations to implement the equal employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act 

1635 Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008

1640 Procedures for coordinating the investigation of complaints or charges of employment discrimination based on disability subject to the Americans with Disabilities Act and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

1641 Procedures for complaints/charges of employment discrimination based on disability filed against employers holding government contracts or subcontracts

1650 Debt collection

1690 Procedures on interagency coordination of equal employment opportunity issuances

1691 Procedures for complaints of employment discrimination filed against recipients of Federal financial assistance

1692-1694  [Reserved]

1695 Guidance Procedures

1692-1694  [Reserved]

Regulatory Reform Task Force

Pursuant to Executive Order 13777, the EEOC has established a Regulatory Reform Task Force that will be charged with evaluating existing regulations (as defined in Section 4 of Executive Order 13771) and making recommendations regarding their repeal, replacement, or modification. The Regulatory Reform Task Force will attempt to identify regulations that:

  1. eliminate jobs, or inhibit job creation;
  2. are outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective;
  3. impose costs that exceed benefits;
  4. create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with regulatory reform initiatives and policies;
  5. are inconsistent with the requirements of Section 515 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 2001 (44 U.S.C. 3516 note), or the guidance issued pursuant to that provision, in particular those regulations that rely in whole or in part on data, information, or methods that are not publicly available or that are insufficiently transparent to meet the standard for reproducibility; or
  6. derive from or implement Executive Orders or other Presidential directives that have been substantially rescinded or substantially modified.

In performing this task, the Regulatory Reform Task Force welcomes comments from the public regarding the evaluation of existing regulations. Those comments may be submitted to:

The comments you provide may be made available to members of the Commission and to Commission staff. In addition, your comments may be disclosed to the public. By providing comments in response to this solicitation you are consenting to their use and consideration by the Commission and to their public dissemination. Accordingly, do not include any information in submitted comments that you would not want made public, e.g., home address, telephone number, etc. Also note that when comments are submitted by e-mail, the sender's e-mail address automatically appears on the message.