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The new EEO-1 form: Prepare for big changes

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If your company has more than 100 employees or you’re a federal contractor with 50 or more employees doing $50,000 or more in federal business, you know you need to file the EEOC’s EEO-1 report by September 30, 2007. You may not know that the form—which the government annually uses to analyze ethnicity, race and gender workforce trends—has been significantly revised for the first time in 40 years.

The new EEO-1 is more complex than the old, and according to some critics, less precise. The changes primarily involve definitions of employee ethnicity and professional status. (See “EEO-1: New definitions of race for 2007” below.)

According to an EEOC statement, “The new EEO-1 Report recognizes the shifting demographics of today’s workplace. The revised report will also better enable the commission to accurately monitor the advancement of women and people of color into the upper ranks of management.”

The EEOC is encouraging employers to file their EEO-1 reports electronically, using a web-based log-in and form available on the EEOC’s web site. Employers should receive 2007 EEO-1 information—including log-in information—in the mail by mid-August. If you don’t receive your materials, contact the commission via e-mail at

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