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Tara K. Burke

KM Attorney
Cincinnati

P 513-322-5027
F 513-898-0051
tara.burke@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Tara K. Burke is the Knowledge Management (“KM”) Attorney for Jackson Lewis P.C.’s Disability, Leave & Health Management Practice Group, and is based in the in the Cincinnati, Ohio, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She works with employers to build positive and inclusive workplaces and reduce legal risk through policy development, training, and employment law counseling.  

Ms. Burke provides practical and legal advice to clients on employment law issues including harassment and discrimination prevention, diversity and inclusion, hiring and interviewing, internal investigations, disability accommodation and leave management, reductions in force, individual separations and employee relations issues. Ms. Burke works with clients, including multi-state employers, to identify the trends in workplace law and stay in compliance with the rapidly changing state-by-state legal landscape. Ms. Burke helps clients of all sizes and in all industries, create, revise and implement workplace policies and procedures including employee handbooks. She also routinely conducts workplace training for leadership, human resources, managers and employees on numerous topics including strong management practices that reduce legal risk and build effective teams, preventing sexual harassment by supporting respectful and positive workplaces, achieving winning results through diversity and inclusion, conducting investigations, and employee accommodations and leaves of absence.

Ms. Burke has defended employers in employment-related litigation and administrative proceedings. 

In addition to working with for-profit clients, Ms. Burke also works with non-profit clients, including small non-profits, to provide employment law expertise to non-profit organizations supporting our communities across the country. 

Ms. Burke is a frequent speaker for a variety of human resource, business leader, and legal audiences.  

Honors and Recognitions

  • Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio, Law Firm Volunteer of the Year (2017)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Greater Cincinnati Human Resources Association

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters, Tutor (2006-2007)
  • Exponentum! National Network of Pro Bono Business Law Providers, Volunteer Speaker, (2016-present)
  • Interfaith Hospitality Network, provides homeless families emergency shelter, Volunteer
  • Kids Voting of Southwest Ohio, Board member (2003-2006)
  • Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio, Advisory Board, Volunteer and Client Outreach Co-Chair (2017-present)
  • Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio, Attorney Volunteer (2015-present)
  • ProKids, Court-appointed Special Advocate (2000-2003)

Published Works

  • "The Family and Medical Leave Act," ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law (2017) [Contributing Author]
  • BNA Wage and Hour State by State Survey, Kentucky Chapter (BNA) [Co-Author]

Speeches and Presentations

  • "Best Practices for Nonprofits in the #MeToo Era: Investigations and Policies," Exponentum! National Network of Business Law Pro Bono Providers (Webinar, November 2018) (presenter)
  • "Gender Discrimination Today: #MeToo and Unconscious Bias," Cincinnati Association of Corporate Counsel (Cincinnati, Ohio, September 2018)
  • "The #MeToo Movement: Strategies to Prevent Harassment and Protect Your Non-profit Organization," Exponentum! National Network of Business Law Pro Bono Providers (Webinar, January 2018) (presenter)
  • "US Employment Law," University of Cincinnati College of Law LLM Program (Cincinnati, Ohio 2016, 2017, 2018) (presenter)
  • "Legal Nuts and Bolts of Managing Employees and Volunteers," Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio (Cincinnati, Ohio April 2018) (presenter)
  • "Legal Nuts and Bolts of Managing Employees and Volunteers," Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio (Dayton, Ohio September 2018) (presenter)
  • "Politics in the Workplace," Greater Cincinnati HR Collaborative (Cincinnati, Ohio, April 2018) (presenter)
  • "Managing Employee and Volunteers," Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio (Dayton, Ohio, February 2018) (presenter)
  • "Best Practices to Identify and Reduce Employment Law Risk in 2016," Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio (Cincinnati, Ohio, January 2016) (presenter)
  • "Best Practices to Identify and Reduce Employment Law Risk in 2017," Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio (Cincinnati, Ohio, January 2017) (presenter)
  • "The DOL Worked Overtime to Revise White Collar Exemptions. Are You Prepared," National Network of Pro Bono Business Law Providers (Webinar, July 2016) (Presenter)
  • "#Epic Fail or #Epic Win? Social Media in the Workplace," Ohio State Bar Association (Columbus, OH, September 2015) (presenter)

See AllTara K. Burke in the News

April 6, 2017
Jackson Lewis

Tara K. Burke of Jackson Lewis Honored with "Law Firm Volunteer of the Year Award" from Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio

April 6, 2017

CINCINNATI, OH (April 6, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to congratulate Cincinnati Of Counsel Tara K. Burke, who received the “Law Firm Volunteer of the Year Award” from Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio (PBPO) for her dedication and service to the organization and... Read More

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March 14, 2019

City of Cincinnati Passes Ordinance Prohibiting Salary Inquiry and Use

March 14, 2019

The City of Cincinnati has become the latest jurisdiction to adopt an ordinance prohibiting employers from asking about or relying on the prior salary history of prospective employees in setting starting pay. The new law, adopted on March 13, 2019, aims to “ensure that Cincinnati residents’ rights are protected and that job applicants... Read More

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Best Practices for Nonprofits in the #MeToo Era: Investigations and Policies

November 8, 2018 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

Credits: Continuing education credit was offered for the live broadcast of this seminar.
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The #MeToo Movement: Strategies to Prevent Harassment and Protect Your Non-profit Organization

February 14, 2018 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

Credits: Continuing education credit was offered for the live broadcast of this seminar.
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New Maine Law Requires Time Off From Work For Appointments at VA Medical Facilities
June 25, 2019

State and local leave laws are changing weekly and sometimes even daily! For the second time this month, Maine is adjusting its leave laws.  Employers in Maine will soon be required to provide veterans with time away from work to attend scheduled appointments at Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities. Read More

Jackpot! New Nevada Laws Provide Additional Benefits for Employees
June 14, 2019

This week, Governor Steve Sisolak signed a law requiring private employers with 50 or more employees in Nevada to provide 0.01923 hours of paid leave for each hour an employee works. Read More