Legislative watch: Most labor and employment bills stuck in neutral

As we reported last month, this year's regular session of the Louisiana Legislature opened with a flourish of "high-minded" labor and employment bills. Proposals that would have penalized employers for hiring illegal aliens and misclassifying employees as exempt were quickly voted down. Other bills that would have expanded the Louisiana Equal Pay Act to cover private-sector employers nearly passed before being voted down or stalling out in committee. A bill to limit criminal background checks by public-sector employers, which eventually could be expanded to cover private-sector employers, has passed. Two other employment-related bills with potentially far-reaching effects remain alive and are awaiting committee hearings and votes. Let's see what our lawmakers have been up to since our last report. Read More...