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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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According to a recent poll, HR managers say that dealing with time off and leave issues is their #2 concern, second only to recruitment and retention. The laws governing leave and time off issues are very complex, and there are no... more

How much do you know about employment contracts? Do you know when - and when not - to use them? Do you know what they should - and should not - contain? In this episode, we talk about the ins and outs of employment... more

Employment eligibility verification is nothing new to employers. Under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, US employers are required to complete an I-9 form for each employee they hire after November 6, 1986.... more

In what's been called a ?radical departure? from its historic enforcement of the Equal Pay Act, the EEOC is now directly targeting employers for compensation audits. The National Equal Pay Enforcement Task Force recommended that the... more

Who invented equal opportunity? According to Frank Dobbin, Ph.D., a Professor of Sociology at Harvard University, it was personnel experts inside major corporations. In his book Inventing Equal Opportunity, he argues that virtually all... more

Let's face it - employee benefit plan compliance is difficult. The rules are constantly changing, and the laws and regulations are complicated. There are some common mistakes that employers make when it comes to benefits... more

Patricia Shiu joins us to discuss the Department of Labor's goal of ?Good Jobs For Everyone? and how her Agency – the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs – is working toward that goal. We discuss... more

There are a million ways employers can make mistakes when it comes to compensation. Breakdowns in compensation philosophy communication, using the wrong kinds of incentives, misapplying benchmarks, setting inappropriate pay... more

The Department of Labor estimates that more than 80% of companies are out of compliance with wage and hour laws. Wage and hour litigation poses a serious risk for businesses, and the DOL's Wage and Hour Division is stepping up... more

Managers cite performance evaluations as one of their most disliked tasks, and employees aren't usually fond of them either. But what if you could turn evaluations into a tool that would unleash the power of performance in your... more

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