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After a pause in the process as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, employers again will be required to submit summary employee pay data for 2019 and 2020 to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission beginning in April.

The EEOC announced Monday that the 2019 and 2020 Employer Information Report, also known as the EEO-1 report, will open for data collection on April 26. The deadline for submitting 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 data will be July 19.

Recognizing the continuing differential effects of the pandemic on workplaces nationwide and the requirement to submit two years of EEO-1 data, the EEOC said it is extending the data collection period this year from 10 weeks to 12 weeks to provide employers additional time to file.

The EEO-1 Component 1 collects workforce data from employers with 100 or more employees (and federal contractors with 50 or more employees). The EEOC expected to begin to formally notify EEO-1 filers via email beginning Monday. Filers should begin preparing to submit data in anticipation of the April 26 opening of the data collection period.

Businesses with 100 or more employees are required to complete the EEO-1 report, submitting summary data by pay ranges and hours worked. The EEO-1 report is submitted along with workforce data by race, ethnicity, sex and job category that employers have sent to the EEOC for more than five decades. The data will be used to help the agency investigate possible pay discrimination, according to EEOC.