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.
Today, the EEOC published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for its proposed regulations on wellness programs.
The recent tragedy of the Germanwings plane crash has raised difficult and complex issues regarding the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees when an employee has a hidden disability that affects public safety.
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.
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