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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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This Friday is December 31, the last day of 2010. We have a special installment of The Proactive Employer Podcast- we're re-capping highlights from this year's most-listened to installments. We'll be featuring ten clips: 1. OFCCP... more

According to the Government Accountability Office, the United States government is losing billions in tax revenues each year as a result of employees being classified as independent contractors. Many think that this lost revenue is the... more

Telecommuting is becoming more commonplace. It’s not unusual to see people working in coffee shops and cafes, parks, at the beach, and from their kitchen tables. Many employers are offering their employees the opportunity to work... more

Yesterday it was announced that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of the class certification of the largest employment discrimination lawsuit ever filed in this country, Dukes v. Wal-Mart. As noted by Jon Hyman,... more

As the end of the year approaches, we're beginning to think about what the 2011 employment discrimination litigation landscape will look like. Many are predicting an increase in disability claims, retaliation claims, and age discrimination... more

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued its final regulations that interpret and implement the nondiscrimination requirements of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. In general, the final regulations don’t differ... more

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently held a public Commission meeting to hear testimony from representatives of various stakeholder groups as well as social scientists and the Federal Trade... more

Veterans Day is observed every year on November 11. Veterans Day is a celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. In honor of Veterans... more

Social media is quickly evolving into a mainstream way of communication. As Sharlyn Lauby stated, “companies are realizing that people are talking about them whether they like it or not.” Many are responding by cultivating their own social... more

Managers cite performance appraisals and annual reviews as one of their most disliked tasks. Employees aren’t usually fond of them either. I’m sure that many of you have experienced being called in to your supervisor’s office for your... more