Joan S. Farrell, JD, is a 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.
Vermont's new law allowing employees to request a "flexible working arrangement" from employers is the first state law of its kind.
Effective July 1, 2013, an amendment to the Delaware Domestic Relations Act gives same-sex couples the right to marry. Under the law, the same rights, benefits, protections, and legal responsibilities apply to married same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples.
The EEOC is taking a close look at how employers respond to pregnancy-related disabilities in the workplace. In December 2012, the EEOC approved its Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) which outlines where the agency will focus its enforcement efforts over the next few years. One targeted enforcement area is accommodating pregnancy-related limitations under the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAAA) and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA).
On March 21, Governor John Hickenlooper signed the Colorado Civil Union Act into law. The Act allows any two unmarried adults, regardless of gender, to enter into a civil union. The law takes effect May 1, 2013.
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