Gov. Nikki Haley has appointed a new director for the state’s labor regulation agency.
Haley on Monday tapped Emily Farr as the next director of the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (LLR). Farr is an attorney who specializes in employment law at Columbia-based firm Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd.
“We are excited to welcome Emily Farr to our team,” the governor said at a press conference announcing the choice. “Emily’s background in employment law means she brings some of the same experiences that our previous directors brought to the agency, and her work in fields such as financial services and the manufacturing sector make her a great fit to keep the agency and our state moving forward.”
Farr is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law and is a member of the South Carolina Bar. Farr said the agency provides unique services for the state “which helps grow and creates businesses, which further promotes the economic well being of our state,” she said Monday.
She is the fourth woman Haley has appointed to the position since taking office in 2011 and the third to have been an employment attorney prior to taking the job. Farr will replace outgoing LLR Director Richele Taylor, who is leaving to become chief legal counsel in the governor’s office.
“I will strive to make this transition as seamless as possible,” Farr said. State senators will need to approve the pick when they return to session in January.
Farr is a member of Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina’s Board of Directors, active in Leadership Columbia and the Society of Human Resource Management.