Thursday, May 7, 2020

EEOC DELAYS EEO DATA COLLECTIONS DUE TO COVID-19

EEOC DELAYS EEO DATA COLLECTIONS DUE TO COVID-19

For Immediate Release
May 7, 2020
Media inquiries: newsroom@eeoc.gov


WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will delay the anticipated opening of the 2019 EEO-1 Component 1 data collection and the 2020 EEO-3 and EEO-5 data collections because of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency, the agency announced today in a Federal Register notice.

The EEO (equal employment opportunity) surveys collect data from employers in different sectors of the workforce. The EEOC was planning to open the following EEO surveys in 2020: the 2019 EEO-1
Component 1 (Employer Information Report); the 2020 EEO-3 (Local Report); and the 2020 EEO-5 (Elementary-Secondary Staff Information Report).

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. Filers of the EEO-1, EEO-3and EEO-5, which include private sector employers, local referral unions, and public elementary and secondary school districts, are dealing with unique and urgent issues. Delaying the collections until 2021 will ensure that EEO filers are better positioned to provide accurate, valid and reliable data in a timely manner.

EEO-1, EEO-3 and EEO-5 filers should begin preparing to submit data in 2021. Pending approval from the Office of Management and Budget under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) the EEOC would expect to begin collecting the 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 in March 2021 and will notify filers of the precise date the surveys will open as soon as it is available. The EEOC would expect to begin
collecting the 2020 EEO-3 and the 2020 EEO-5 in January 2021 and will notify filers of the precise date the surveys will open as soon as it is available.

In addition to updates to the agency website, the EEOC will be reaching out directly to EEO-1, 3, and 5 filers regarding the delayed opening of the surveys.

The EEOC advances opportunity in the workplace by enforcing federal laws prohibiting employ­ment discrimination. More information is available at www.eeoc.gov. Stay connected with the latest EEOC news by subscribing to our email updates.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Revisions to OFCCP Scheduling Letters Have Been Approved

Recently, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved updated scheduling letters for use by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) to initiate Supply & Service and Construction Contractor compliance evaluations.

On the OFCCP's website, copies of the approved letters have been posted for Compliance Checks, Section 503 Focused Reviews as well as VEVRAA Focused Reviews. This is the first time the scheduling letter for VEVRAA Focused reviews has been released and the format appears to resemble that of the Section 503 letter.

For the most part, the updates to existing letters appear to simplify language without adding additional components or requirements. All of the approved letters are effectively immediately with an expiration date of April 30, 2023.

EEOC ISSUES UPDATED COVID-19 TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PUBLICATION

EEOC ISSUES UPDATED COVID-19 TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PUBLICATION
For Immediate Release
April 17, 2020

 

EEOC ISSUES UPDATED COVID-19
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PUBLICATION

Contains Q&A Section of Common Workplace Questions

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today posted an updated and expanded technical assistance publication addressing questions arising under the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Laws related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  
The publication, “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws” expands on a previous publication that focused on the ADA and Rehabilitation Act, and adds questions-and-answers to anticipating return to work situations, making reasonable accommodations, and harassment.
In response to inquiries from the public, the EEOC has provided resources on its website related to the pandemic in an employment context.  The agency will continue to monitor developments and provide assistance to the public as needed.
The EEOC advances opportunity in the workplace by enforcing federal laws prohibiting employ­ment discrimination. More information is available at www.eeoc.gov. Stay connected with the latest EEOC news by subscribing to our email updates.