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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.

On-Demand Episodes

Our guest for this week’s installment of The Proactive Employer Podcast is Mark Dawson of JobsFreeForAll. We’ll be discussing the recruiting situation in Hawaii and challenges unique to the islands. We’ll talk about the demographics... more

In this installment, we'll be discussing the ADA and the new directives issued by the OFCCP with respect to disability. Our guest, Sheridan Walker of Hire Potential, will give us her inside view on the new directives and what the OFCCP... more

In this installment, we'll be discussing what diversity and inclusion means today and why they're important with our guest, Joe Gerstandt. Joe is a keynote speaker, workshop facilitator and blogger. He specializes in helping people and... more

In this installment, we'll be speaking with Steve Browne, the Executive Director of HR for LaRosa's. We'll talk about whether compliance matters all the time, whether HR professionals understand how to work within the EEO system, and... more

In this installment, we’ll be discussing family responsibility discrimination. We’ll outline some examples of FRD, and I will provide a five-point checklist that employers can use to minimize the potential of FRD in the workplace.

In this installment, we’ll be discussing best practices for investigating workplace complaints with our guest Mary Schaefer. Ms. Schaefer is the President of Artemis Path, Inc., and specializes in “solving sticky employee problems”.

In this installment, we'll be discussing privilege and attorney-client work product. In light of the report that surfaced about Wal-Mart's employment practices, privilege issues are something that employers need to think about when doing proactive... more

In this installment, we'll be discussing who is covered by the OFCCP, Affirmative Action Plan development and content, and compliance reviews. Our guest for this installment is Jacqueline Jackson-DeGarcia. Ms. Jackson-DeGarcia is a partner... more

In this installment, we’ll be discussing internships,the potential risks of unpaid internships, and how employers can provide internship opportunities while minimizing litigation risk. Our guest for this installment is Daniel Schwartz. Mr.... more

In this installment, we'll be discussing misclassification of employees as independent contractors. We'll talk about the employer - independent contractor relationship, the tests used by the IRS and the Department of Labor in... more