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Employment Law Archives

Wages take center stage in health care

Residents in Louisiana who work in jobs that pay minimum wage may wonder how they can make ends meet some days. Around the country, all but five states have enacted legislation to raise the minimum wage. Louisiana is one of those states. Without a state law in place mandating a higher hourly rate for minimum wage workers, the current federal level of $7.25 remains in effect. This has been the federal standard minimum wage since 2009.

What are your rights as a nursing mother?

Being a new mother while working a job in Louisiana can be a hectic time, especially if you are also breastfeeding your child. Fortunately, according to FindLaw, the federal government requires that your employer provide accommodations for you and other nursing mothers to provide for your baby by expressing breast milk as needed while at work. 

What is racial harassment?

You may remember an incident that made national news several months ago, during which law enforcement was called on two African American men who were waiting for another person in Starbucks without having ordered anything yet. The incident sparked outrage about how people of color are commonly treated in America. While these men were customers, many employees in Louisiana and elsewhere are harassed and discriminated against at work for their race.

Understanding a hostile work environment

Most employed people in Louisiana are likely aware that there are laws in place intended to protect people from discrimination or harassment based on a variety of issues. These include gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, race and more. As explained by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, acts that are deemed to be harassment may violate one or more of three laws in place to protect workers.

What are the work hour laws for minors?

Teens often want to get a job so they can be more independent. Having their own money allows them to pay for items they want and also helps them learn about responsibility when it comes to money. When your child decides to get a job, it is helpful if you understand the employment laws for minors in Louisiana. These laws are different for minors than for adults to provide additional protection.

Women can look to federal courts for equal pay

In a national political climate that favors equality among all races, genders and beliefs, you may be surprised to learn that Louisiana has yet to enact equal-pay-for-equal-work legislation. Earlier this year, members of both the state’s House and Senate killed proposals aimed at closing the earning gap between men and women, according to U.S. News and World Report. Along with the equal-pay measure, which would require state contractors to pay men and women equally for similar work, lawmakers also killed a proposal to raise the minimum wage. Similar attempts were made to introduce wage bills in previous legislative sessions, meeting with the same outcome.

Understanding at-will employment

People in Baton Rouge who work for a living likely feel a modest sense of security in their employment given that most assume that their employers cannot fire them for no reason whatsoever. That is often what makes one being fired all the more devastating. The term "fire-able offense" has made its way into the American vernacular, with most believing that as long as they avoid such actions, they will never have to lose their jobs. The at-will employment doctrine can dash that sense of security. 

Eligibility for FMLA leave

Like many people in Louisiana, you know that there may be times when life hands you situations that require your time and attention to the point where you may be unable to work, at least for a time. The law recognizes this and that is the reason that the Family and Medical Leave Act was first created. It is a way of allowing you to take care of yourself or your family without the fear that you will lose your job. But, how can you know if you are eligible for this type of leave?