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Questions and Answers: The 2017 EEO-1 Report


On August 29, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memorandum informing the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) of OMB's decision to initiate a review and immediate stay of the EEOC's collection of aggregate W-2 pay and hours-worked data on the EEO-1 report. At the same time, OMB expressly permitted the EEOC to continue collecting EEO-1 data identifying the race, ethnicity, and sex of workers, by job categories.

Therefore, for the 2017 EEO-1 reporting cycle, the EEO-1 will not collect data about pay and hours worked from employers. But, for the 2017 EEO-1 reporting cycle, the EEO-1 will collect data on the race, ethnicity, and sex of workers, by job category, from private employers with 100 employees or more and federal contractors with 50 employees or more and $50,000 in contract(s).

2017 EEO-1 Report

  1. Are employers required to file an EEO-1 report in September 2017 and in March 2018?

    No. The 2017 EEO-1 report must be submitted and certified by March 31, 2018.


  2. Does the 2017 EEO-1 report require employers to use a workforce snapshot period?

    Yes. The employment data used for the 2017 EEO-1 report should be collected using a payroll period in October, November, or December 2017, the fourth quarter of calendar year 2017. This payroll period is the 2017 "workforce snapshot period."

  3. The EEOC used the term "2016 data" in its original email blast about OMB's review and stay. Does this mean that employers must re-submit information from the 2016 EEO-1 again?

    No. Employers should not re-submit information from the 2016 EEO-1 report. The 2017 EEO-1 report will require employers to submit new employment data on race, ethnicity, sex, by job category from a payroll period in October, November, or December 2017.

  4. With whom will employers file the EEO-1 report and data?

    Employers will continue to file the EEO-1 report with the Joint Reporting Committee comprised of the EEOC and the OFCCP.

  5. How will the EEO-1 report be filed?

    Consistent with current reporting practices, employers will submit EEO-1 reports securely via the EEO-1 Online Filing System on the EEOC's website or will utilize this portal to electronically transmit a data file containing the EEO-1 data.

  6. How will filers know when they can start submitting 2017 EEO-1 data to the Joint Reporting Committee?

    All EEO-1 filers (those who filed EEO-1 data in the last survey cycle) will receive their annual Notification Letter indicating that the 2017 EEO-1 Survey is open with filing instructions. Information about the 2017 EEO-1 Survey Opening will also be posted on the EEO-1 Survey Webpage at

  7. How will the Joint Reporting Committee and the EEOC assist employers for the 2017 EEO-1 report?

    The Joint Reporting Committee and EEOC staff are available to answer questions from all EEO-1 stakeholders, including employers, payroll, HRIS experts, and software professionals. Individuals may submit questions or request assistance by contacting the EEO-1 Coordinator at: EEOC Survey Division -- Room 4SW22G, 131 M Street, N.E. Washington, D.C. 20507, or by email at: Suggestion Box on EEO-1 Additional Documentation or

    The EEOC is committed to helping all EEO-1 filers successfully file their reports. The EEOC has provided additional resources to address questions on its website, and it will continue to provide ongoing technical assistance to aid employers in their compliance efforts.