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Don’t be surprised if you start getting more electronic communications from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC has initiated a new online pilot program to transmit documents electronically. This move, according to the EEOC, will streamline the submission of documents, notices, and communications. Companies will be able to (among many other things) review and download their charge on the system and– no worries– the EEOC will get notice after ten days if there is some error or spam filter that prevents the notice from being properly delivered.
The program is rolling out first in the Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, Norfolk, Raleigh, Richmond and San Francisco offices. For those of us in Phoenix, we should expect to see the pilot program by the end of May 2015, and it is set to be in all offices by October 1. Companies can opt out of this program if they want to but, just as courts have moved towards electronic filing, it seems only natural that this would follow with administrative matters as well.
The EEOC has provided some answers to FAQ here, and the User Guide is here. I posted a while back about the Charge handling process for those who want the nuts and bolts of the process.
Read more articles on employment law issues at Employment and the Law, a blog by Ashley Kasarjian.
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