Labor

COMMENTARY

Everything we know about work is wrong. The pandemic proved it.

BY: - September 7, 2021

So what can the plight of a little cafe tell you about the state of the American economy and the changing face of work? A lot, as it turns out. The other week, the bistro where my family and I have been grabbing brunch every Sunday since the start of the pandemic announced that it […]

Solar power offers $6 billion opportunity for Louisiana

Solar power offers $6 billion opportunity for Louisiana, researchers say

BY: - August 17, 2021

Louisiana researchers say the focus on carbon capture technologies by Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Climate Initiatives Task Force could lead to missed opportunities for a faster, cheaper and easier impact on Louisiana’s carbon emissions problem. There are more than $6 billion in investments waiting to come to Louisiana right now that could supply a significant […]

Solar jobs want Louisiana, but the feeling isn't mutual

University of Louisiana at Lafayette studies solar farming despite pushback to renewable energy

BY: - August 11, 2021

LAFAYETTE — Just over a mile northwest of the Cajundome is a 5-acre plot of land flanked by neighborhoods of single-family homes and a commercial area to the north — not the type of zone one would normally expect to see a power plant — yet there one is, silently generating enough electricity to run […]

Lumber company plans to offer new jobs at Calcasieu sawmill

Lumber company plans to offer new jobs at Calcasieu sawmill

BY: - August 6, 2021

A lumber company plans to invest up to $8 million to revive the idle Georgia Pacific sawmill in Calcasieu Parish and create 170 direct new jobs with annual salaries averaging $62,000. In exchange for the investment, Louisiana taxpayers will give the company a generous tax incentive package through the Quality Jobs tax credit and Industrial […]

New Orleans mayor opposes constitutional amendment creating sales tax commission

New Orleans to consider $15/hour minimum wage for city employees, contractors 

BY: - June 23, 2021

A proposed ordinance to raise the minimum wage of city contractors and some city workers to $15 per hour will appear before a New Orleans City Council committee Thursday.  The city council’s Economic Development and Special Development Projects Committee will hear an amendment to increase the city’s base minimum pay rate for some city employees […]

Small percentage of unemployment payments went to dead people

Fraction of La. unemployment payments went to dead people, audit finds

BY: - June 21, 2021

The Louisiana Workforce Commission distributed just over one one-hundredth of its total unemployment payments to people who were dead during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor, who noted that the vast majority of these mistaken payments were unpreventable and largely the result of bad timing. According to a report released last week, […]

Amazon to build $200 million delivery center in Baton Rouge

BY: - June 16, 2021

Amazon will build a $200 million “major robotics fulfillment center” in Baton Rouge on the former site of the Cortana Mall, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Wednesday.  The project will create over 1,000 new direct jobs, about 1,100 new indirect jobs and 800 construction jobs in the capital city, Edwards said. “Today’s announcement is the […]

Gov. Edwards speaks on unemployment benefits, legalizing marijuana and election reform

BY: - May 19, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced several coastal restoration projects along Southeast Louisiana Wednesday afternoon, which he said would “make our coastal communities and our land more resilient.” And in a separate radio show later that afternoon, Edwards discussed his opinions on some of the more controversial bills moving through the Louisiana Legislature, including bills addressing […]

Tax reform proposal heads to La. voters

Louisiana bill takes lenient approach to employers who misclassify workers

BY: - May 17, 2021

The Louisiana House unanimously passed a bill Monday meant to discourage employers from misclassifying workers as independent contractors and, thus, depriving the state of taxes and the misclassified workers of protections that include overtime pay and workers compensation.  Sponsored by Rep. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, House Bill 705 proposes a $500 first-offense penalty for each individual […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Gov. Edwards opens ‘Restaurant Revitalization Fund’

BY: - May 4, 2021

Louisiana restaurants, bars, catering companies and other food-related establishments can now register for the  U.S. Small Business Administration’s “Restaurant Revitalization Fund,” Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Monday. The fund “allows businesses to offset losses incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic” and has a budget of $28.6 billion for restaurants and other food establishments across the country. […]

Quality Jobs program shows poor investment even after excluding Pelicans

Misclassification of workers bill would give businesses a pass on a first offense

BY: - April 27, 2021

A bill that would have immediately penalized employers who misclassify their workers as independent contractors underwent major last-minute changes Monday and now proposes to waive the penalty if the employer corrects the situation.    The Louisiana Senate Committee on Revenue and Fiscal Affairs approved the substitute bill without debate. The bill that Sen. Jay Luneau, D-Alexandria, […]

Unemployment bills compete for deep cuts or slow increases in benefits

BY: - April 7, 2021

State lawmakers will have at least two competing unemployment bills to consider that would change unemployment insurance in Louisiana, bringing either deep cuts or slow increases in benefits to out-of-work residents: House Bill 610 would increase unemployment benefits to rates in line with the rest of the country, while Senate Bill 225 would bring deep cuts […]