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, […]

Gov. Edwards will likely approve early end to unemployment supplement

Gov. Edwards will likely approve early end to $300 unemployment supplement

BY: - June 11, 2021

Louisiana lawmakers on Thursday made a late-hour deal on legislation to discontinue the $300 federal unemployment supplement that the state provides out-of-work residents in exchange for raising the state’s regular unemployment benefits by about $28 per week. The bill heads to Gov. John Bel Edwards, who indicated he would likely sign it into law. House […]

Gov. Edwards will likely approve early end to unemployment supplement

Applications for disaster unemployment assistance being accepted in Louisiana

BY: - June 4, 2021

As a result of President Joe Biden’s disaster declaration for the mid-May storms in Louisiana, the state Workforce Commission is offering disaster unemployment assistance (DUA) available to businesses and residents. The Louisiana Workforce Commission is accepting applications for DUA until the deadline of July 6 from individuals and businesses in the parishes of Ascension, Calcasieu, […]

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 […]

Bill protecting Black hairstyles continues through legislature

Bill protecting Black women’s natural hairstyles continues through legislature

BY: - May 7, 2021

A bill that would prohibit race-based discrimination of natural hairstyles inched a step closer to full legislative approval Thursday after clearing the House Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations. It next heads to the House floor for consideration. Senate Bill 61 would make it unlawful for employers to deny employment or make restrictions based on […]

Gov. Edwards will likely approve early end to unemployment supplement

Legislation that slashes unemployment benefits by half gets support of Senate committee

BY: - May 6, 2021

A Senate committee approved a bill Thursday that would cut unemployment benefits in Louisiana, leaving laid-off workers to collect about half the total amount they are eligible for under the current program in exchange for an extra $30 per week. Senate Bill 225, sponsored by Sen. Mike Reese, R-Leesville, proposes multiple formulas that tie an […]

Centralized sales tax commission approved by lawmakers

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, […]

Tax reform proposal heads to La. voters

House committee rejects proposed tax on millionaires

BY: - April 19, 2021

Rep. Mandie Landry, D-New Orleans, sponsored legislation that would have required Louisiana’s millionaires to pay an additional 2% in state income taxes, but the House Ways and Means Committee rejected the millionaire tax proposal Monday, with all Democrats in favor and nearly all Republicans opposed. Louisiana currently has three tax brackets. At top are individuals […]

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 […]

$405 million UI overpaid

Louisiana paid out at least $405 million in unemployment insurance to ineligible workers, audit finds

BY: - April 5, 2021

Louisiana paid more than $405 million in fraudulent or ineligible pandemic relief benefits to nearly 100,000 people as an overwhelmed unemployment system was also affected by legislation passed by lawmakers last year, according to a report by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor. The Legislative Auditor’s office conducted a review of all state and federal COVID-19-related unemployment […]

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 […]

Louisiana Capitol Building

Misclassification of Employees Task Force may need more time

BY: - March 18, 2021

The members of Louisiana’s Misclassification of Employees Task Force, who are researching employer payroll fraud, feel they will not be able to submit some proposed legislation in time for state lawmakers’ regular session beginning April 12. At Wednesday’s meeting, the members agreed with task force Chairman Luke Morris when he suggested tabling one of their […]