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The Proactive Employer


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The Proactive Employer is your source for the latest news and commentary on workplace issues, HR best practices, employment litgiation risk management and EEO compliance. Host Stephanie R. Thomas, Ph.D., simplifies the complexities of today's business environment and engages listeners in discussions on key workplace challenges. Featuring conversations with leading policymakers, thought leaders and subject matter experts, The Proactive Employer focuses on issues of interest to HR professionals, compliance officers, corporate counsel, employment attorneys, and others interested in workplace issues in the United States and around the world. Our goal is to provide the information you need in a format you can use. We get past the rhetoric and reduce the noise to actionable items. At The Proactive Employer, we focus on the bottom line and give you the practical suggestions you need to become an employer of choice.

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On March 1st, the Supreme Court of the United States made a decision that allows employers to be liable for discrimination based on the bias of an employee’s supervisors, even though the supervisors did not make the actual... more

Are you ready for a desk audit? The OFCCP’s Active Case Management (ACM) was replaced by Active Case Enforcement on January 1. There are five main differences between ACM and ACE: (1) Compliance evaluation – under ACM,... more

Last week, the EEOC held a hearing to examine the impact of only considering employed applicants for job vacancies. EEOC Chair Jacqueline Berrien stated: “Throughout its 45 year history, the EEOC has identified and remedied... more

On Monday, February 14th, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis hosted a live webchat on the 2012 budget. She was joined by other leaders from the Department of Labor; together, they fielded questions on regulation updates, Veterans affairs,... more

There are two main legal theories of discrimination: disparate treatment and disparate impact. Disparate treatment is what we typically think of when we think about discrimination. Disparate treatment occurs when a decision-maker... more

Retaliation claims are the most frequently filed claims at the EEOC. A recent Supreme Court decision is likely to broaden the scope of people who may raise a retaliation claim. Anyone within the "zone of interests" of the original victim of... more

This Friday, January 28, is The Proactive Employer Podcast's first anniversary! The podcast was launched on January 29, 2010. Since then, we've done our best to bring you the compliance and employment litigation risk management... more

Amazon has anywhere from 24 to 26 dogs that come to work daily at the Seattle, Washington headquarters. Ben and Jerry's, based in South Burlington, Vermont, has 15 office dogs who are introduced by name to company guests right... more

At last summer's National Industry Liaison Conference, Patricia Shiu announced that the OFCCP would be rescinding the Compensation Standards and Guidelines. Since then, the OFCCP has been relatively silent on the pending... more

In the wake of the recent financial crisis, Congress has passed the Frank-Dodd Financial Reform Act. The Act focuses on oversight, and establishes some new committees and councils, such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau... more