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New Laws Help Louisiana Employers and Workers

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BATON ROUGE, La. – Among the new laws passed during the 2012 regular legislative session and which took effect last week, there are several that are expected to help Louisiana employers compete, help reduce the cost of doing business by protecting the unemployment insurance trust fund and that improve the workplace for individual workers.

"We're excited about these new laws, which empower Louisiana employers and make our state more attractive for workers," said Louisiana Workforce Commission Executive Director Curt Eysink. "The new laws also step up our fight against fraud."

For example, Act 344 helps prevent unjustified increases in the amount employers pay for unemployment insurance in the case of former employees seeking benefits who were separated under disqualifying conditions. The law also prevents employers with unpaid unemployment insurance assessments from bidding on state contracts until they've paid their debts.

Other notable workforce-related laws that took effect Aug. 1:

  • Act  786  prohibits  employers  from  classifying  employees as independent contractors  as  a way to duck their responsibility to pay into the state's unemployment  insurance  trust  fund,  a practice sometimes used to gain an unfair  competitive  advantage, and which can disqualify laid off employees from  receiving  unemployment  insurance  benefits.  The law protects the unemployment insurance trust fund's integrity and levels the playing field for employers who play by the rules.

 

  • Act 263 prevents individuals who accepted unemployment insurance benefits they didn't qualify for from obtaining or renewing recreational hunting or fishing licenses.

 

  • Act 837 addresses the employment of minors and expands who may issue work certificates to minors to now either include local principals or their designees, along with district superintendents.

According to officials, the Louisiana Workforce Commission helped place 239,310 people get new jobs in the past year. For more information, visit www.laworks.net.

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