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.


June 5, 2019

What’s in the New York City Marijuana Drug Testing Ban

The ban on pre-employment testing for marijuana recently approved by the New York City Council has become law. The ordinance forbids New York City employers from requiring prospective employees to submit to testing for the presence of any tetrahydrocannabinols (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana, as a condition of employment unless an exemption applies. The […]


June 4, 2019

New Jersey Expanded Family Leave Law Starts June 30

A more expansive version of New Jersey’s family leave and benefits laws, which would impact smaller employers and double the number of weeks an employee can take, is scheduled to go into effect on June 30, 2019. The previous version of the New Jersey Family Leave Act (FLA) applied only to businesses with 50 or […]


May 16, 2019

New Mexico Employers See Wave of Employment Law Changes in June

A wave of changes to employment laws will impact businesses in New Mexico. Robust legislative action means big changes at the workplaces in the “Land of Enchantement.” The changes include limiting what employers can ask about an applicant’s criminal history, leave requirements for caregivers and new wage protections for domestic workers. New Mexico’s governor also […]


May 13, 2019

Kentucky Pregnant Workers Law Goes Into Effect on June 27

Balancing pregnancy and the responsibilities of work is tough. Yet, many working pregnant women are reluctant to ask for accommodations that will make their job easier, fearing reprisal from their employers. One estimate states that more than a quarter-million women workers in the U.S. have been denied requested pregnancy accommodations. As a result, some states […]

paid parental and sick leave

May 1, 2019

Washington DC Payroll Taxes for Paid Parental and Sick Leave Kicks in July 1

Private employers in the District of Columbia will soon begin paying an additional payroll tax to pay for the District’s “Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016.” The act allows workers to start claiming benefits in July 2020. The District will begin collecting on July 1, 2019 the quarterly payroll tax that will fund the […]

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 […]