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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 compliance.
There are several new programs aimed specifically at areas of the employer community that are historically under-served, such as small businesses and new businesses. Dr. Thomas believes it is extremely important to reach out to this part of the community, stating "small businesses and new businesses just getting started don't typically have a dedicated EEO compliance officer. Many don't even have in-house human resources departments, and they're struggling with limited financial resources. Being able to utilize the EEOC as a partner in their compliance efforts will be a tremendous benefit to those businesses."
The episode will also feature discussion on how the EEOC plans to incorporate more elements of social media in its outreach and education programs, the importance of preventing employment discrimination, and why proactive EEO compliance should be a priority for every employer.
About Commissioner Feldblum: Chai Feldblum was nominated to serve as a Commissioner of the EEOC by President Obama, and was confirmed by the Senate for a term ending on July 1, 2012. Prior to her appointment, she was a Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where she founded the Law Center's Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic. She also founded and co-directed Workplace Flexibility 2010, a policy enterprise focused on finding common ground between employers and employees on workplace flexibility issues.
Commissioner Feldblum played a leading role in helping to draft and negiotiate the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and was equally instrumental in drafting and negotiating the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.