The month of September brings cooler temperatures, changing leaves and the promise of equal employment opportunities wrapped up in the EEO-1 report for a number of employers. The EEO-1 report, formally known as the "Employer Information Report", must be submitted and certified by Tuesday, September 30, 2014. This required form is completed by employers to provide a count of current employees based on job category, ethnicity, race and gender.
The EEO-1 report, originally dated in 1966, is used for employers to report anonymous data about the number of women and minorities in broad occupational categories and subcategories. The data reported is used to support the enforcement of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and prohibits employment discrimination on the bases of race, color, religion, national origin and sex.
The EEO-1 has been revised several times since 1966 and now prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, pregnancy, national original, age, disability, genetic information, military status or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.
All employers, whether required to complete the EEO-1 report or not, should follow an EEO policy that covers all employment practices, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination and access to benefits and training. Additionally, the policy should include disciplinary action, up to and including termination, for any employee who engages in unlawful discrimination or retaliation.
If you are unsure if your company is required to complete the EEO-1 report, or would like to learn more about enacting an EEO policy in your place of employment, please contact Creative Business Solutions. We would be pleased to assist you with all of your HR compliance needs.