About Joan Farrell

Joan Farrell
JD, Senior Legal Editor
Phone: 860.510.0100

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Joan S. Farrell, JD, is a Senior Legal Editor for BLR’s human resources and employment law publications. Ms. Farrell writes extensively on the topics of workplace discrimination, unlawful harassment, retaliation, and reasonable accommodation. She is the editor of the ADA compliance manual—ADA Compliance: Practical Solutions for HR. Before coming to BLR, Ms. Farrell worked as in-house counsel for a multistate employer where she represented management in administrative matters and provided counseling on employment practices.

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.

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Recent articles by Joan Farrell

  • What Do Employers Really Need to Know About Job Applicants?

    Employers invest significant time, energy, and resources in bringing a new employee onboard. Recruiting, screening, and interviewing processes are all done with the goal of hiring an employee who will do a job well and work well within an organization. So what do employers need to know to hire successfully? And what are the things employers don’t need to know?

  • Can Civility Training Prevent Workplace Harassment?

    In the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC’s) proposed guidance on harassment, the commission suggests “civility training” and “bystander intervention training” as proactive measures employers can use to prevent workplace harassment. But is there any support for the notion that civility training would be an effective tool to prevent harassment? The EEOC included it in the “Promising Practices” section of the guidance, so clearly the agency seems to think it’s worthwhile.

  • EEOC Releases Guidance on Mental Health Conditions

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released informal guidance for advising employees of their legal rights in the workplace with regard to depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health conditions. Although the guidance is geared to employees, it provides insight for employers as to the EEOC’s position on protections provided for employees under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

  • EEOC Issues Enforcement Guidance On National Origin Discrimination

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC’s) recently released enforcement guidance on national origin discrimination covers issues related to employment decisions, harassment, and language issues. It also provides a list of “promising practices” employers can use to minimize the risk of national origin discrimination claims.


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