Yesterday, the federal court for the District of Columbia formally set September 30, 2019 as the deadline for employers to submit “Component 2” data from the EEO-1 form. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been battling challengers in court over the effective date, when employers must submit information on employee compensation and hours worked, delineated by job category, pay band, race, ethnicity and gender. Earlier in the week, the plaintiffs (Democracy Forward & the National Women’s Law Center) signaled they would agree to the September deadline if the EEOC were also required to collect two years of data. The court went along with that offer giving the Commission the option of choosing to collect 2017 data or 2019 data as the second year and a deadline of next Friday (May 3) to advise the court of its choice. The Obama administration initially required the submission of this data by employers, but that mandate was halted by the Trump administration, prompting the initial filing of the legal challenge. More to come on this issue . . .