Labor

Misclassification of Employees

Misclassification of Employees Task Force disbands without finishing

BY: - March 26, 2021

Louisiana’s Misclassification of Employees Task Force, which was assembled to tackle employer payroll fraud in the state, held its last meeting on Wednesday and disbanded without adopting most of the proposed legislation its members had hoped to give to state lawmakers for the regular session beginning April 12. After drafting a full report containing seven […]

Louisianans encouraged to check unclaimed assets on National Unclaimed Property Day

BY: - February 1, 2021

Monday is National Unclaimed Property Day, where citizens are encouraged to check if they are owed any unclaimed property from the state. Unclaimed property “consists of abandoned financial assets such as checking and savings accounts, unpaid wages, securities, life insurance payouts, uncashed checks,” etc. Starting July 1 in Louisiana, those assets will be placed in […]

‘All disasters increase inequity’: A year after the pandemic hit the U.S., the poor are even poorer

BY: and - February 1, 2021

Coinciding with the Jan. 21 anniversary of the novel coronavirus’ appearance on U.S. soil, the National Conference on Citizenship,  a nonprofit chartered by the U.S. Congress to gather data to address and propose solutions to public problems, released its latest installment of Pandemic to Prosperity, a series of reports that illustrate how vulnerable communities — […]

Shintech plastic manufacturing expansion ‘very disappointing,’ environmentalist says

BY: - January 26, 2021

Shintech Louisiana LLC, the world’s leading manufacturer of a widely produced synthetic plastic polymer called PVC, will invest $1.3 billion to expand manufacturing and packaging facilities in Iberville and West Baton Rouge parishes, Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office announced Tuesday. To secure the project, the State of Louisiana offered the corporation an incentive package that […]

Paper company invests $52 million into improving Bogalusa paper mill

BY: - January 22, 2021

International Paper will invest up to $52.2 million to modernize the paper mill in Bogalusa, a manufacturing mainstay of Washington Parish for more than a century. While state officials praised the company for the investment, an organizer with Together Louisiana, a statewide network of congregations and civic organizations, said corporate moves that involve huge tax […]

Amazon to build giant $100M facility in Carencro and create 500 jobs

BY: - December 22, 2020

Amazon plans to build a 1 million square-foot fulfillment center in Carencro next year, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday.  The facility, the first fulfillment center for Louisiana, will be located at a 12-acre site formerly home to an Evangeline Downs racetrack near the junction of Interstates 10 and 49 in Lafayette Parish. It will […]

Mitsubishi considering billion-dollar chemical plant in Ascension Parish

BY: - December 9, 2020

The Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. is considering building a $1 billion manufacturing complex to the eastbank of Ascension Parish in Geismar, according to an announcement from Louisiana Economic Development.  The potential project would create 125 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of $100,000, plus benefits, as well as another 669 new indirect jobs […]

Louisiana tech companies to host career fair

BY: - December 2, 2020

Technology companies across Louisiana will host a virtual career fair on Dec. 16 for 150 jobs in the state’s STEM sector. “Louisiana’s growing software and IT sector is ideally suited for computer science and STEM professionals, as well as individuals who are certified in high-demand technology skills,” said Paul Helton, executive director of Louisiana Economic […]

House labor committee rejects bill that would punish misclassification of employees

BY: - October 16, 2020

House lawmakers on Thursday rejected a bill designed to prevent businesses from skirting state taxes by fraudulently misclassifying employees as independent contractors. House Bill 34, sponsored by Rep. Mandie Landry, D-New Orleans, sought to bring Louisiana in line with the rest of the country by allowing the Labor Department to fine businesses that fraudulently pay workers […]

Gov. Edwards will likely approve early end to unemployment supplement

Louisiana lawmakers push COVID-19 relief for businesses, but not workers

BY: - October 13, 2020

Louisiana lawmakers approved several bills Monday (Oct. 12) that would provide relief to businesses in light of the state’s unprecedented, pandemic-related unemployment rate, but mostly left behind proposals that would benefit unemployed workers. The House Labor and Industrial Relations Committee rejected a bill that would have boosted the state’s unemployment benefits from a maximum of […]

Louisiana unemployment trust fund almost out of cash

BY: - September 14, 2020

With Congress unable to come together on a bipartisan coronavirus relief package, Louisiana has almost no money left to pay unemployment claims to residents. The federal Lost Wage Assistance benefit, which provided residents an extra $300 per week, has also been depleted.  Near the end of his press conference Monday, Gov. John Bel Edwards said […]

Prayers lifted up for immigrant workers who helped rebuild New Orleans after Katrina

BY: - August 29, 2020

Immigrant activist organizations across New Orleans held a socially distanced prayer service at First Grace United Methodist Church on Friday morning to support immigrant workers and remember the work they did  to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The event, “Katrina Immigrant Workers Prayer Service: Looking back and Moving Forward Together in Faith and Solidary,” […]