November 02, 2012
HR and the Presidential election: BLR's Patricia Trainor discusses election's impact on employment law on radio show

Patricia Trainor, J.D.,SPHR—BLR’s Senior Managing Editor, Human Resources—was the featured guest this week on "The Proactive Employer", a weekly radio show hosted by Stephanie Thomas, to talk about how the results of the presidential election could impact employment law and human resources.

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"The Proactive Employer" features one-on-one discussions with leading policymakers and thought leaders. During the show, Patricia and Stephanie had a detailed discussion on where Barack Obama and Mitt Romney stand on employment law issues. Specific topics of interest to human resources professionals that Patricia and Stephanie discussed include:

  • pending ’right to know’regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regarding employee classification
  • affirmative action and OFCCP activity
  • the Paycheck Fairness Act
  • and the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) reach regarding issues such as social media policies and employee handbooks.

Editor’s note: Since this podcast was recorded, the NLRB has issued additional guidance on employee handbooks.

The show, which aired on the Proactive Employer website November 1, was selected for feature the same day on the home page of BlogTalkRadio the largest online talk radio network with millions of listeners.

You can listen to a recording of Patricia Trainor's interview on HR issues and the presidential election below:

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Patricia Trainor JD, SPHR is Senior Managing Editor of BLR’s human resources and employment law publications. Ms. Trainor has several years of experience representing employers and school districts in labor and employment matters. As an associate at Franczek Sullivan, P.C. in Chicago, she represented employers in state and federal court, before the EEOC, and before the Illinois Human Rights Commission. Before entering private practice, Patricia clerked for the Honorable Anthony Scariano at the Illinois Appellate Court. She received her law degree magna cum laude from Loyola University Law School. She has a Masters Degree in Mass Communication from San Diego State University. Patricia is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the national Human Resources Certification Institute. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, and the Illinois Bar Association, and she is admitted to practice in Connecticut and Illinois.

Stephanie Thomas, Ph. D, is a leading expert on the quantitative analysis of workplace practices and the CEO of Thomas Econometrics Inc. Since 1999, she has provided consulting services to Fortune 500 companies, privately held businesses, major law firms and government agencies such as the Department of Justice and the FBI. She has testified as an economic and statistical expert in federal and state courts throughout the United States.

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