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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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Can you fire an employee for flaming a co-worker on Facebook? Do you need a formal policy for Pinterest? Are you at risk for litigation over LinkedIn? Social media in the workplace raises a lot of questions, and because social media is... more

Do you know how to safely hire employees? It's not as simple as you might think, and changes to the regulatory environment are complicating matters. You not only need to have a set of policies, procedures and practices in place, you also need... more

Have you ever thought about hiring interns? Are you wondering whether it's the right choice for your organization? There are several benefits to starting an internship program, but there are also some concrete reasons not to hire... more

According to an April 20th opinion by the EEOC, an employer who discriminates against an applicant or employee on the basis of gender identity is violating the sex discrimination prohibition of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. On... more

Do Americans inherently prefer whites to blacks, even if they're unaware that they do? That's the theory of discrimination that was advanced in a lawsuit claiming the Iowa state government discriminated against black job applicants and... more

What is dinnertime like at your house? Are you running one way while your kids are running the other way and your spouse is still at work? Are you emailing and texting at the table? Do you even make it home for dinner? If Facebook's COO... more

Just when you thought you had the employment law landscape figured out, along comes pending legislation that could change everything. From age discrimination claims to workplace flexibility to unionization and labor organizing, new bills in... more

Background checks are a critical component of the hiring process for many organizations, helping to protect employers, their employees and their customers. But many organizations struggle with the question of how to... more

We all keep metrics - from KPIs at work to tracking 3-D information about workouts at the gym and the quality of our sleep at home in our beds. We love those little graphable sound-bites of information. It's easy to get caught up in the... more

On March 16th, EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum joins The Proactive Employer Podcast to share information about the Agency's outreach and education programs aimed at assisting the employer community with EEO... more

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