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Prepare for changes in reporting
workers’ race on EEO-1 form

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Expect more headaches (and questions from employees) when trying to complete your EEO-1 form next year. Reason: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is proposing changes to the government form, including increasing the number of race and ethnic categories and the number of job categories.

Private employers with 100 or more workers and some federal government contractors with 50 or more employees are required to file the EEO-1 annually. The form describes the work force by race, sex, ethnicity and job category.

Proposed changes: Increasing the number of racial and ethnic classifications from five to seven and allowing employees to designate themselves as "Two or more races, not Hispanic or Latino."

The EEOC says self-designation (letting employees check a box on a survey) is the preferred identification method, although post-employment records or observer identification may be used. Because this self-identification process adds a new requirement for some employers, the EEOC proposal includes some model language that employers can use.

The EEOC also plans to boost the number of job categories by splitting the category of "officials and managers" into three levels: executive/ senior level officials and managers; midlevel officials and managers; and lower-level officials and managers.

You can submit comments on the proposals until Aug. 11. To view a sample of the new form and for more details, visit www.eeoc.gov/eeo1/. The changes will likely take effect sometime in 2004.

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