On August 18, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that the prior August 23, 2021, EEO-1 filing deadline for the 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 reports has been moved to October 25, 2021. The EEOC cited the “continuing impact of the pandemic on business operations” as the justification for this two-month extension of the earlier deadline. This extension follows a prior extension announced on June 28, 2021.

The EEOC’s most recent announcement makes it clear that October 25, 2021, “is the FINAL DEADLINE” (emphasis in original) and that “[n]o additional changes to the filing deadline will be made.” This may mean that the 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 platform will permanently close after October 25. This announcement also promises that all filers that have outstanding requests to the EEO-1 Component 1 Help Desk will receive responses and will be allowed to file EEO-1 reports. This is the latest change to the 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 filing cycle, which has been marked with the rollout of a new filing platform, password reset issues, and major changes in the traditional EEO-1 filing process based on the EEOC’s inability to respond to filer requests.

Ogletree Deakins will continue to provide updates concerning these filings as additional information becomes available and will post updates to the firm’s Affirmative Action / OFCCP, Government Contractors, and Pay Equity blogs and in the firm’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center. Important information for employers is also available via the firm’s webinar and podcast programs.