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  • Sources: Target boosts minimum wage to $10 an hour

    April 18, 2016 4:09 PM

    Sources indicate that Target Corp will increase its minimum wage to $10 an hour for all workers. The move to $10 an hour comes just more than a year after Target followed Wal-Mart by moving all workers to a $9 an hour. The raise comes as an across-the-board boost... more »
  • Police dispatcher delivers baby in parking lot Play Video

    March 7, 2016 10:04 PM

    BAKER - A woman who didn't make it to the hospital Sunday night, delivered her baby in a parking lot with the help of a Baker Police dispatcher. "She had other plans," Courtney Daniels says. The new mother of three experienced a sharp pain and called her parents... more »
  • Vatican commits to slavery-proofing its own supply chains

    January 18, 2016 1:58 PM

    ROME - The Vatican has announced plans to ensure its supply chains don't use slave labor. Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican's top finance official, unveiled the new policy at a forum where representatives of around 400 global supermarket chains and consumer goods companies announced their commitment to eradicating forced labor... more »
  • Louisiana payroll numbers shrink, flashing recession warning

    November 21, 2015 3:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's labor market slipped in October, as the unemployment rate rose and payroll employment fell. Payrolls fell 6,000 from September. Crucially, payrolls also dipped below last October's level, a warning that the state's economy may be shrinking. A separate survey shows the jobless rate rose to 6.2... more »
  • Wal-Mart cutting back on hours for workers at some stores

    August 31, 2015 7:11 PM

    NEW YORK - Wal-Mart says it is asking some stores to schedule workers for fewer hours, although it says the directive is only being given to stores that are assigning more hours than they were expected to. The world's largest retailer said the instructions apply only to a small... more »
  • Anti-union bill gains momentum in right-to-work Louisiana

    May 11, 2015 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An anti-union bill is stirring up what may be Louisiana's first real battle between business and labor unions in a generation. The measure is scheduled for a Tuesday debate before the full House. If approved, it would bar police, firefighters and teachers from having union dues automatically... more »
  • Lawmakers shoot down pay equality bill

    April 23, 2015 3:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers have shot down two proposals aimed at making sure women earn pay equal to their male peers. Advocates for the measures say Louisiana has the nation's worst pay gap, with women on average making just 66 cents to every dollar earned by a man. Rep. Kenny Cox,... more »
  • Initial La. unemployment claims fall

    April 6, 2015 3:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state labor department says first-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending March 28 decreased to 2,622 from the previous week's total of 2,723. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 1,985 initial claims, officials said Monday. The four-week moving average,... more »
  • Report says Baton Rouge in top 10 'Least Hardworking' cities Play Video

    April 3, 2015 5:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - According to a recently published Forbes article, Baton Rouge ranks as one of the top ten least hardworking cities. The capital city falls at number four on the list. Coming in at number 3 is Columbia, South Carolina, number 2 is Buffalo, New York, and... more »
  • Labor secretary says new overtime rules coming soon

    March 18, 2015 4:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - Labor Secretary Tom Perez says his agency is still working on President Barack Obama's directive a year ago to come up with new overtime rules so more workers would be eligible for higher pay for working beyond their scheduled hours. Perez told a House panel that his department... more »
  • Carnival chaos! Beads stuck on docks, delayed

    January 23, 2015 10:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A labor dispute has disrupted shipments of Mardi Gras beads for krewes in South Louisiana. There is a contract dispute unfolding on the docks of Los Angeles between workers and shipping companies. It has caused delays and put beads on back order. Stores are having... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims drop

    December 5, 2014 12:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state labor department says first-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Nov. 29 decreased to 1,698 from the previous week's total of 2,547, a drop attributed to a short work week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. For the comparable week a year... more »
  • Thieves rob woman in labor

    March 3, 2014 7:30 PM

    ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND- A strange thing happened to a woman in labor headed to the hospital. She and her boyfriend were robbed by three men with guns. The couple was confronted by the thieves as they left their apartment. The boyfriend took off and the robbers tried to... more »
  • Budget Office: 2.5 million fewer jobs due to Obamacare

    February 4, 2014 11:40 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Congressional Budget Office says President Barack Obama's health care law will mean a reduction of about 2.5 million jobs in 2024, ten years from now. The nonpartisan CBO says the law will affect both the supply and demand for labor. It's a big increase from the... more »
  • Weekly initial unemployment claims up

    October 18, 2013 12:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Oct. 12 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show 2,513 initial claims compared to 2,456 a week earlier. The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,443 from... more »
  • Study says inducing labor may be tied to autism

    August 12, 2013 3:15 PM

    CHICAGO - A large study suggests autism might be linked with inducing and speeding up labor. The results are preliminary and autism experts say they need investigating since labor is induced in increasing numbers of U.S. women. It's possible that labor-inducing drugs might increase the risk - or... more »
  • Shreveport employee to get back wages from T.G.I. Fridays

    August 8, 2013 11:40 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division says T.G.I. Fridays has agreed to change its leave policy to be in compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act. The company has also agreed to correct violations found during an investigation of one of its restaurants in Shreveport, and... more »
  • Former governor Edwards' wife in labor

    July 31, 2013 5:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The wife of former governor Edwin Edwards, Trina Scott Edwards, is in labor. The couple made the announcement on Trina's Facebook page earlier this afternoon, saying they were preparing to welcome Eli Edwards into the world. The two married shortly after Edwin Edwards was released... more »
  • La. company agrees to pay $2M in back wages

    May 6, 2013 3:26 PM

    LAFAYETTE - A Lafayette-based industrial services employment agency has agreed to pay nearly $2 million in back wages to more than 2,000 employees following a U.S. Labor Department investigation. The Labor Department said Monday that Hutco Inc. employees in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas were denied overtime compensation as a result... more »
  • Senator vows to block Labor Dept. nominee

    March 18, 2013 3:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. David Vitter says he will block President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Labor Department until he gets a response to his letter complaining about the enforcement of voting rights laws in his home state of Louisiana. Vitter's comments came just hours after Obama formally nominated... more »
  • US builder confidence falls on weak supply, labor

    March 18, 2013 10:23 AM

    UNDATED - Confidence among U.S. homebuilders fell this month because of concerns that limited land, building materials and labor will slow sales in the short term. But builders' outlook for sales over the next six months reached its strongest point in more than six years, suggesting the decline is temporary.... more »
  • $1.1 million in grant funding for Isaac recovery efforts

    March 11, 2013 11:55 AM

    WASHINGTON - Louisiana received a federal grant to help continue cleanup and recovery efforts across the state in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac. The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $1,119,339 National Emergency Grant increment was to be released. "Louisiana continues to need assistance to recover from... more »

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