Louisiana

Louisiana Workforce Commission Puts Employers on Notice – Don’t Misclassify Workers

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    WorkersCompensation.com reports that  Louisiana Workforce Commission has conducted unannounced site inspections in an attempt to combat misclassification of workers as independent contractors. WorkersCompensation.com writes: Teaming with partner agencies, the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) conducted unannounced site inspections today as the agency ramps up efforts to combat the unethical business practice of misclassifying workers. “Unannounced site…

Dept of Revenue Cracking Down Employee Misclassifications

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  From The National Law Review, Andre Burvant reports an initiative in Louisiana to crackdown on the misclassification of workers as independent contractors. Andre writes: The Louisiana Department of Revenue (DOR) has joined forces with other Louisiana agencies to crackdown on employee misclassification and failure to withhold payroll taxes. The GAME ON (Government Against Misclassified Employees Operational Network) Task Force is an…

Louisiana Court Conditionally Certifies Class of Construction Workers

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  From JDSupra, Richard Reibstein reports in the January 2018 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update that a federal court has certified construction workers in a case alleging they were misclassified as independent contractors.  Richard writes: LOUISIANA COURT CONDITIONALLY CERTIFIES CLASS OF CONSTRUCTION WORKERS IN IC MISCLASSIFICATION CASE. A Louisiana federal court has granted a motion to conditionally…

Louisiana Will Continue Focus on Misclassification as Independent Contractors

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  From HR Daily Advisor, David Theard and Jones Walker report that Louisiana will continue to focus on the misclassification of workers as independent contractors.  They write: Recently, the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) issued a press release acknowledging the efforts of a task force that combats the misclassification of employees as independent contractors. The task…

Louisiana Court Rejects Landman’s Whistleblower Claim Based on Finding That He Was Independent Contractor

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  From The National Law Review, Greg Guidry discusses a recent case in which an independent contractor was not eligible for protection under the Louisiana environmental whistleblower statute.  Greg writes: A recent Louisiana Court of Appeal decision held that an oil and gas landman did not have a claim under the Louisiana environmental whistleblower statute,…

Louisiana finds record number of workers ID’d as contractors 

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  From The Advocate, Ted Griggs reports that Louisiana found a record number of workers classified as independent contractors that should have been classified as employees.  Ted writes: The Louisiana Workforce Commission identified a record 19,956 workers that employers misclassified as independent contractors in 2015. The agency also found employers had more than $50 million…

Louisiana legislature ensures franchisees are the sole employers of their workers

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From Lexology, Katherine E. Pizzini reports a new stature in Louisiana that provides that owners of a franchise are the sole employers of their employees.  While the statute did not specifically address the classification of workers as employees or independent contractors, by stating that an employee is only an employee of the franchise owner, Louisiana affirmed…

Contractor sues for alleged on the job injury

The Louisiana Record reports a case in which a painter is suing a real estate company for injuries he incurred while painting.  It reports: “An independent contractor is suing a local subdivision over injuries he sustained on the job. David Gayden filed suit against Westhaven LLC and Bilwood Smith Real Estate Incorporated in the 19th…