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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 has gone high tech - there's a new iPhone App that lets employees log their hours worked and calculate the wages they are due. The agency stated that "this new technology is significant because, instead of relying... more

Are you using statistics to examine your hiring, promotion and termination decisions? If not, your decisions may have a discriminatory effect and you wouldn't even know it. The discrimination we're talking about, of course, is... more

How big is big enough to matter? How rare does an event have to be before we conclude that pure chance didn't cause it? These are the two fundamental questions you have to ask yourself when reviewing your policies and practices... more

Did you know that a few extra pounds may lead to a lighter paycheck? Recent research suggests that there is a relationship between gender, earnings and obesity. Interestingly, there's a gender double-standard: thinner women tend to... more

The Four Horsemen of the Compensation Apocalypse have arrived... (I use the term apocalypse to mean "events of great importance", not "the complete and total destruction of the world") In the last two years, there have been four major... more

This past Tuesday was Equal Pay Day, the day that represents how far into 2011 women have to work to earn what men earned in 2010. To mark Equal Pay Day, Representative Rosa DeLauro and Senator Barbara Mikulski reintroduced the... more

Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has released its final regulations to implement the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA). In this week’s installment of The Proactive Employer Podcast, we’ll be talking about the final... more

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Wal-Mart v. Dukes, the largest employment discrimination class action claim to date. One of the more interesting aspects of the oral arguments, for me, was the exchange between... more

What are you doing to protect your organization from claims of retaliation? Are you even thinking about retaliation? You should be, because the Supreme Court of the United States is, and chances are your employees are more aware... more

If you're like me, you're starting to think about spring. The crisp mornings and afternoon sunshine – and of course the daffodils – mean that spring is right around the corner. Part of thinking about spring means thinking about... more

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