Lisa Burden

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Lisa Burden

Lisa Burden is a freelance writer with degrees in journalism and law and has two very large Labrador Retrievers. She specializes in writing about legal and business topics. In keeping with her love of books, her first job was as an aide in her high school’s library.

paid sick leave

April 24, 2019

Affluent Village Outside Chicago Drops Minimum Wage Increase, Adds Paid Sick Leave

The trend for states and localities to offer paid sick leave continues with Glenview, Illinois soon to join the ranks of those offering the popular form of leave. Beginning July 1 2019, the village, which is an affluent village located a few miles outside Chicago, will implement the paid sick leave guidelines of surrounding Cook […]

new change to maryland minimum wage

April 12, 2019

Maryland Minimum Wage to Rise to $15 After Lawmakers Override Veto

In a move with a bit of legislative drama, Maryland legislators last month voted to gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Maryland’s minimum wage in 2019 is $10.10 an hour. Companies with more than 15 workers will have to pay the higher entry-level wage by 2025. Companies with 14 or fewer employees […]

Maine passes salary history ban

April 5, 2019

Maine Legislature Passes Salary History Ban

Maine lawmakers have joined the rapidly increasing number of state and local governments that have implemented a ban on employers asking job candidates about their prior salary history. “An Act Regarding Pay Equity” was approved in the state’s House of Representatives on April 2 with a vote of 86-54 and the same day in the […]


April 3, 2019

Cincinnati Passes Ban on Asking for Salary History

Add the city of Cincinnati to the locations looking to improve the wage gap by limiting how much employers can ask about past compensation. The Cincinnati City Council voted on March 13 to forbid employers from asking job applicants for their salary history. The move is aimed at reducing wage disparities for women, minorities and […]

the Paycheck Fairness Act is back up for a Congressional vote

April 1, 2019

Paycheck Fairness Act Back in Congress, Seeks to Ban Salary History

Asking job applicants how much money they earned at previous jobs is a routine, but increasingly controversial part of the hiring process; however, the Paycheck Fairness Act would eliminate the practice for large employers. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to take up consideration of a bill that would ban employers from seeking the […]

new age discrimination law

March 27, 2019

New Age Discrimination Law Considered By U.S. Congress

A bipartisan bill which would make it easier for older workers to prove age discrimination in the workplace has been introduced in the U.S. Congress. The “Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act” (POWADA) would reverse a 2009 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Gross v. FBL Financial Services, Inc., that imposed a higher legal standard by requiring […]

family and medical leave legislation changes

March 14, 2019

Paid Family and Medical Leave Introduced in US Senate

A bill that would create a national, paid family and medical leave plan has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. The “Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act” introduced by Senator and presidential candidate, Kirsten Gillibrand, would allow workers to take up to 12 weeks of partially paid leave for a pregnancy, the birth or adoption […]

extended deadline for eeo-1 reporting

February 1, 2019

Government Shutdown Leads to Extended Deadline for EEO-1 Reporting

The deadline to submit EEO-1 data has been extended to May 31, 2019, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced today. “Because the partial lapse in appropriations postponed opening the survey until early March, we are accordingly extending the deadline to file until May 31, 2019,” says EEOC spokeswoman, Kimberly Smith-Brown. “We urge employers filing […]

voters increase arkansas minimum wage

December 10, 2018

Voters Pass Bill to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage

Arkansas businesses could be handing out larger checks to minimum wage workers come Jan. 1, 2019. On November 11, voters approved a bill to increase the Arkansas minimum wage from $8.50 an hour to $9.25 starting Jan. 1, 2019. The wage will increase to $10 on Jan. 1, 2020 and again to $11 on Jan. […]

What to know about Missouri's new minimum wage law

December 3, 2018

What is Missouri’s New Minimum Wage Law?

Missouri voters recently endorsed a higher entry wage for workers. On Nov. 11, Missouri voters approved an increase of the state’s $7.85 an hour minimum wage to $12 an hour over the next five years. The minimum wage will jump to $8.60 in January 2019. It will gradually increase by 25 cents per year until […]

trends and statistics in family leave

September 27, 2018

The Trends That Could Shape Family Leave in 2019

Microsoft caused a stir when it recently announced that it will start requiring business partners and suppliers to offer paid family leave. Companies that do business with the tech giant will be required to offer a minimum of 12 weeks of paid parental or family leave at 60% of salary up to a maximum of […]

helmet of an independent contractor

August 22, 2018

Is the Definition of Independent Contractor Changing?

California made headlines recently when the state’s top court changed the guidelines that apply to independent contractors, creating more stringent rules for when and how employers can classify a worker as an independent contractor. The ruling was the result of a lawsuit filed against package and document delivery service, Dynamex. In 2004, the company converted […]