Maximus call center workers picket with signs in Hattieburg

Bogalusa workers to join labor strike at federal call centers in 3 states

BY: - August 5, 2022

Frustrated workers at Maximus, the nation’s largest federal call center contractor, plan to go on strike Monday at three of the company’s largest locations in Louisiana, Mississippi and Virginia, to protest what they say are poor working conditions and unsafe COVID-19 policies. The call center workers, who handle the toll-free lines for the Medicare and […]

New sawmill to create 125 jobs in northwest Louisiana

BY: - July 11, 2022

Construction officially started Monday on a new $110 million sawmill in Plain Dealing that its owner says will create 125 new jobs in the region. Gov. John Bel Edwards attended a ground breaking for the project that is expected to be completed in third-quarter 2023. The Teal-Jones Group, a company based in British Columbia, Canada, […]

Voters will decide on giving Senate power over governor's nominees to State Police, Civil Service commissions

State Police Commission nominees would have to clear Senate under proposed amendment

BY: - June 5, 2022

The Louisiana Legislature passed two proposed constitutional amendments Sunday that would give the state Senate power to confirm or reject the governor’s appointments to the State Police Commission and Civil Service Commission. Senate Bill 75 and Senate Bill 160, both sponsored by Sen. Cleo Fields, D-Baton Rouge, received overwhelming bipartisan support in both chambers. They will […]

Louisiana loosens licensing requirements for plumbers, contractors

Louisiana loosens licensing requirements for plumbers, contractors

BY: - June 2, 2022

The Louisiana Legislature approved a bill Thursday that would give full statewide licensure to plumbers currently restricted to working in a certain parish or local jurisdiction. House Bill 300, sponsored by Rep. Phillip Devillier, R-Eunice, received final passage in the Senate with a 31-0 vote. Proposal could unclog shortage of Louisiana plumbers If the governor […]

Louisiana close to updating name, image, likeness law to pay college athletes

BY: - May 26, 2022

Legislation that would allow Louisiana universities and their deep-pocketed supporters to pay student-athletes directly was approved Thursday in House of Representatives with a 93-4 vote. All that is left is Senate concurrence on amendments before the governor will consider an update to the state’s name, image and likeness (NIL) law Senate Bill 250, authored by Sen. […]

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Bill to prevent vaccine status discrimination shelved by author

BY: - May 25, 2022

A bill that would have protected unvaccinated Louisiana residents from discrimination was voluntarily shelved by its author on the Louisiana House floor Wednesday. House Bill 253, sponsored by Rep. Kathy Edmonston, R-Gonzales, would amend several existing discrimination statutes, adding vaccination or immunity status as a protected class. Edmonston said to the House that she is […]

Drug testing at work problematic for medical marijuana patients

Drug testing at work problematic for medical marijuana patients

BY: - May 13, 2022

State agencies in Louisiana could soon be prohibited from firing workers who use medical marijuana.  The Louisiana House Labor Committee will consider a bill next week that would prohibit the state from subjecting employees or prospective employees to any negative consequences based solely on a positive drug test for marijuana if the worker uses the […]

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Republicans block multiple efforts to raise Louisiana minimum wage

BY: - April 28, 2022

Republicans on a legislative committee blocked multiple bills Thursday that would have raised the minimum wage for Louisiana workers from $7.25, which ties with six other states for lowest in the country. One of the proposed bills, House Bill 311 authored by Rep. Denise Marcelle, D-Baton Rouge, would have gradually raised the minimum wage from […]

Houma lawmaker proposes SNAP benefit cuts to fill labor shortages

Houma lawmaker proposes SNAP benefit cuts to fill labor shortages

BY: - March 8, 2022

A Louisiana lawmaker has introduced a bill that could limit free food assistance for certain people without jobs in an effort to curtail the state’s labor shortage.  Rep. Beryl Amedee, R-Houma, has filed House Bill 396, which would tighten work requirements for some Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients. SNAP is a federal benefit available […]

California company to build sustainable materials plant with 200 new jobs in Louisiana

BY: - February 16, 2022

A California company plans to spend $750 million to build a facility in Ascension Parish that will manufacture plant-based material for packaging, textiles and other uses.

Ineligible Louisiana state employees received over $6 million in unemployment assistance

BY: - February 14, 2022

Louisiana paid out about $6.1 million in unemployment assistance to more than 1,000 state employees “who did not appear to be eligible” from Feb. 20, 2020, to July 24, 2021, the Louisiana Legislative Auditor found. “While some of these employees may have been victims of identity theft, others appear to have received benefit payments for […]

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After miscarriages, workers have few guarantees for time off or job-based help

BY: - January 27, 2022

Miscarriage occurs in about a quarter of all pregnancies, yet there are no national laws that protect people when they need time off from work to deal with the loss.