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The Louisiana legislature opens its 2014 session on March 10, 2014. Among the bills pre-filed before the start of the session are 14 bills addressing the minimum wage rate. The bills range from those with local focus (proposals to raise the minimum wage in the cities of Monroe, West Monroe, and/or Ouachita Parish) to bills affecting the minimum wage rate for the entire state. Proposed rates range from the current federal minimum ($7.25/ hour) to $10.00 per hour.
The bills are expected to come before the Labor & Industrial Relations Committees in the House or Senate in the early part if the Session.
“Low-wage workers are robbed far more often than banks, gas stations and convenience stores combined — and the perpetrators are their own employers.
“That’s because many employers don’t abide by minimum wage laws or pay overtime, according to a study, released on Thursday by the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank.”
“And low-wage workers most likely cannot pay a lawyer to sue their employer for the wages that are rightfully theirs, EPI Vice President Ross Eisenbrey said in an interview with The Huffington Post. A fast-food worker shorted, say, $300 isn’t going to find a lawyer who thinks such a small amount of wages is worth his or her time.”
“Louisianans of all political stripes strongly favor establishing a state minimum wage of at least $8.50 an hour that would keep pace with the cost of living, according to polling data released as part of a new report from the Louisiana Budget Project.”
Read the rest of this news article by the Louisiana Budget Project.