Joan S. Farrell, JD, is a Senior Legal Editor for BLR’s human resources and employment law publications. Ms. Farrell has over 10 years’ combined experience in employment law and human resources management. She worked as in-house counsel for an employer that had subsidiaries in several states. Her experience includes representing management in administrative matters and discrimination claims, and providing counseling on employment practices. Ms. Farrell received her law degree from Pace University School of Law.
Interview: See Joan’s interview with the Illinois State Register-Journal on social media and sexual harassment.
Video: Watch Joan's recent video on the ADA and employee discipline.
Earlier this month, the White House announced the release of a resource guide to assist employers in recruiting, hiring, retaining, and promoting people with disabilities. The online guide is part of a federal "Curb Cuts to the Middle Class Initiative" through which federal agencies, including the EEOC, are working to increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed today to hear cases on same-sex marriage and decide whether states have the right to ban same-sex marriage and refuse to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states.
Effective January 1, 2015, California employers that are required to provide sexual harassment training must add prevention of 'abusive conduct' to the training for supervisory employees. Another new law protects both unpaid interns and volunteers from unlawful harassment on the basis of a protected characteristic.
Subject to certain exceptions, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits employers from requiring medical exams or asking "disability-related" questions. The restriction applies to both job applicants and employees. When is it okay for an employer to ask medical questions or require a medical exam? And what kinds of questions are okay to ask?
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