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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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The Department of Labor recently released its Five Year Strategic Plan. The plan represents a major shift in the agency's approach. Coupled with the agency's regulatory agenda, there are some important implications for employers.... more

The Paycheck Fairness Act is being heralded as the "commonsense" bill we need to finally achieve gender pay equity. President Obama said it, and others have echoed the sentiment. But is it really common sense? In this installment, we'll be... more

In 1988, Congress designated October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The purpose of NDEAM is to increase the public’s awareness of the contributions and skills of American workers with disabilities.... more

Federal affirmative action regulations require that federal contractors prepare and implement an affirmative action program. In this installment, we'll be discussing affirmative action strategy, program design, and development. We'll also be... more

Measuring EEO compliance is hard. It's important to have a "bottom line" solution that's easy to calculate, easy to understand, and easy to communicate. In this installment, we discuss why measuring EEO performance is so hard, talk about... more

An employee handbook is the most important communication tool between an employer and its workforce. It’s a statement of the policies of the business and how the business is to be conducted. A well-written handbook sets forth the... more

Workplace violence is a growing concern for employers and employees nationwide. It can occur at the workplace or outside of the workplace. It can range from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and homicide, one of the... more

Under federal affirmative action regulations, federal contractors are required to conduct an annual self-evaluation of compensation with respect to gender, race and ethnicity. Even though the self-evaluation is required, the published... more

Our guest for this installment is Jose Gaona of Qqest, an expert in the time and attendance space. We’ll be discussing time and attendance recordkeeping requirements, wage and hour compliance, essentials for a time and attendance... more

Our guest for this installment is Philip Miles, an attorney with McQuaide Blasko. We’ll be discussing religious discrimination and the various forms it takes, including employment decisions, harassment, accommodation of beliefs and... more