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New "Plus of Us" System Simplifies Employers' Diversity Training

BRENTWOOD, TN, October 2, 2008 - M. Lee Smith Publishers LLC, in conjunction with Corporate Educational Services L.L.C., announces the release of "The Plus of Us," a new DVD-based diversity training system for supervisors and employees. It helps public and private sector employers eliminate the behaviors that often lead to claims of workplace harassment, discrimination, and miscommunication.

The United States Census Bureau recently released statistics indicating that Caucasian Americans will lose their majority status 8 years earlier than had been predicted only a few years ago. The ongoing shift in the nation's ethnic makeup is having a profound effect on the workforce. Employers who ignore diversity training and fail to eliminate intolerant behavior and policies risk legal liability and staff turnover.

"The Plus of Us" uses professional actors demonstrating common, real-life workplace situations to highlight insensitive statements and actions. These scenarios are followed by positive, proactive suggestions for behavioral changes from employment law attorney Greg Naylor.

"Diversity, discrimination, and harassment training is often too legalistic and complicated," says Naylor. "The Plus of Us" not only enables employers to reduce legal exposure for discrimination and harassment, but it also helps diverse employees identify, understand, and stop behaviors that interfere with a harmonious and productive workplace."

Employees and supervisors who participate in "The Plus of Us" training learn how to avoid stereotyping others, making objectionable statements, and acting in a way that creates a toxic work environment, among other things.

"The Plus of Us" contains a 20-minute DVD for supervisor training, a 20-minute DVD for employee training, and a 20-minute mini-movie that emotionally dramatizes the negative impact of workplace insensitivity and intolerance. It also includes a Trainers Guide to ease implementation of the program and quizzes to test participant involvement and retention.

The program distributor, M. Lee Smith Publishers, is offering "The Plus of Us" to employers on a 30-day review basis.

About M. Lee Smith Publishers

Since 1975, M. Lee Smith Publishers has helped Human Resources professionals and employers stay atop new and revised state and federal employment law through an extensive catalog of newsletters, guidebooks, manuals, and more recently, Internet databases, DVDs, audio conferences and live seminars. Customers, representing most members of the FORTUNE 100 as well as small businesses, use these tools to avoid policies and situations that spark claims of discrimination, harassment, payroll misclassification, and worse.

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