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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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There's been a lot of discussion recently about contraception, spurred by the Obama administration's rule requiring most employers to provide prescription contraceptive coverage to their employees without additional cost. The... more

Employee departures are a fact of life in business. Whether voluntary or involuntary, it can sometimes be a difficult process. There are a variety of issues to consider - how will you keep your confidential information confidential? If... more

On February 15, the EEOC held a public meeting on pregnancy discrimination and caregiver issues. Invited panelists told the EEOC that discrimination against pregnant women and employees with caregiving responsibilities remains a... more

The Ledbetter Fair Pay Act just celebrated its third anniversary two weeks ago. Not surprisingly, there's been a surge of gender pay gap-related discussions, presentations and even novelties. The Department of Labor announced its... more

A landmark lawsuit filed in Oregon claims that thousands of disabled individuals are stuck in dead-end jobs at sheltered workshops because of failed state programs that should be helping them obtain mainstream employment. The... more

Rewards and recognition are a critical part of any overall compensation plan. But it's not always easy to know what kind of rewards and recognition programs are going to be most effective in your organization. Is a purely discretionary bonus... more

Have you thought about the way you communicate? When you're having a conversation with someone, are you focused on that conversation, or are you thinking about the other 80 items on your to-do list? Do you tailor the message... more

Are you suffocating under piles of personnel and payroll documents? Before you overheat your shredders and overwhelm the recycling guy, take a breath and make sure you're in compliance with federal and state laws governing records... more

The OFCCP is proposing to revise the regulations of Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. Section 503 prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating on the basis of disability, and requires affirmative action on... more

The Proactive Employer Podcast will be airing its 100th installment on Friday, January 6th! To celebrate our 100th installment, we're going to have a live call-in show! Guests Daniel Schwartz, Philip Miles and Jonathan Hyman will be fielding... more

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