Get Ready for the 2017 EEO-1 Survey

EEO-1 reports must be filed by March 31, 2018.
EEO-1 reports must be filed by March 31, 2018.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that they have completed mailing notification letters for the 2017 EEO-1 survey.

Federal law requires all private employers with 100 or more employees to file the federal EEO-1 report annually. In addition, all federal government contractors and subcontractors with 50 or more employees and a contract of $50,000 or more must file EEO-1 reports.

The survey requires company employment data to be categorized by race/ethnicity, gender and job category. This year, the filing deadline for the EEO-1 Report is March 31, 2018.

The EEOC has an EEO-1 survey website that contains EEO-1 reference documents, including the sample form, instructions, Q&As, Fact Sheet and EEO-1 Job Classification Guide. The website also discusses important changes for the 2017 EEO-1 survey.

In addition, the website now contains a new users guide and a new how-to-guide.

In 2016, the EEOC approved an EEO-1 Report, that would have required large employers to report pay data to the agency, including aggregate information from employee W-2s. Pay data would also need to be broken down by race, ethnicity and sex. However, in August 2017, the requirement to provide pay data was stayed indefinitely.

The announcement that the rule was halted was a break for employers. Many in the business community raised concerns about this reporting requirement. During the rulemaking period, CalChamber submitted comments voicing several concerns about the proposed pay data reporting requirement. Pay data is not required for the 2017 EEO-1 Report. 

Contact the EEO-1 Joint Reporting Committee at 1-877-392-4647 (toll-free) or via e-mail at if your business:

  • Meets the criteria above but did not receive a 2017 EEO-1 notification letter by January 29, 2018;
  • Filed an EEO-1 report in 2016 but did not receive the 2017 EEO-1 notification letter; or
  • Has any questions about the EEO-1 survey.

Gail Cecchettini Whaley, CalChamber Senior Employment Law Counsel 

Unsure whether you are covered by the reporting requirement? CalChamber members can read more about EEO Reporting Requirements in the HR Library. Not a member? See how CalChamber can help you.

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