We are approaching the time of year when the EEOC, which has been closed (except for certain minimal functioning) during the current federal government shutdown, opens its EEO-1 filing website. But as Ogletree Deakins Shareholder James A. Patton, Jr. explained in a blog posting, that process may be delayed due to the shutdown.
The EEOC had apparently planned to open the 2018 EEO-1 filing website during the second or third week of January 2019, with a planned filing deadline of March 31, 2019, Patton said, citing calls to the EEO-1 Joint Reporting Committee helpline. “More recent information suggests that the EEOC plans to open the EEO-1 filing website at the end of January 2019, but that is dependent on when the partial shutdown ends,” according to Patton.
“As the government shutdown grinds on, the opening date for the EEO-1 filing website remains in doubt,” Patton suggested. “Even after the shutdown ends, it is unknown how long it will take to bring the 2018 EEO-1 filing website online.” Here, Patton pointed to the background work that likely would have been performed during the time that EEOC employees have been furloughed. This work may need to be completed after the shutdown ends so that the filing website can be opened.
“At this point, it seems likely that the expected March 31, 2019, deadline for 2018 EEO-1 filings will be extended, providing affected private employers and government contractors/subcontractors more time to complete their 2018 EEO-1 filings,” Patton said. “As employers await the filing website’s opening, they may want to gather employment data from the fourth quarter of 2018 that will be used to complete their 2018 filings.”
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