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.
On Tuesday, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2053 into law, effective January 1, 2015. The law amends the state’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) by adding prevention of “abusive conduct” as a required component of the sexual harassment training employers are currently required to provide under California law (often referred to as AB 1825 training).
On Friday, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed federal district court decisions from Indiana and Wisconsin striking down same-sex marriage bans in those states as unconstitutional.
A federal district court in Louisiana has upheld the state’s ban on same-sex marriage in a case that challenged the law’s constitutionality.
The EEOC recently released new pregnancy discrimination guidance that provides employers with a clear indication of how the agency views an employer’s obligation to accommodate pregnancy-related limitations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
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