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EEOC Regulations

Review of Existing Regulations

The EEOC, per Executive Order 13563, 76 Fed. Reg. 3821 (Jan. 21, 2011), has developed a Final Plan for Regulatory Review of Significant Regulations (Final Plan).

EEOC will use the Final Plan as a guide to determine whether regulations should be modified, streamlined, expanded, or repealed, to make the EEOC's regulatory program more effective and/or less burdensome in achieving its regulatory objectives.

In its most recent timeline for retrospective review, the EEOC projects the agency's retrospective regulatory review activities through 2023.

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.

New and 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

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 have provided links 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
1692-1699   [Reserved]