Louisiana: Hotels Required to Display Human Trafficking Poster

Louisiana: Hotels Required to Display Human Trafficking Poster

Law Effective as of August 1, 2016

Under a new law in Louisiana, effective August 1, 2016, each hotel must post information regarding the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline in the same location where other employee notices required by state or federal law are posted.

Background 
All of the following establishments are also required to post information regarding the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline:

New Law 

  • Each hotel mustpost the information in the same location where other employee notices required by state or federal law are posted.
    • “Hotel” means and includes any establishment (both public and private) engaged in the business of furnishing or providing rooms and overnight camping facilities intended or designed for dwelling, lodging, or sleeping purposes to transient guests.
      • Note: The new law doesnot encompass any hospital, convalescent or nursing home or sanitarium, or any hotel-like facility operated by or in connection with a hospital or medical clinic providing rooms exclusively for patients and their families, nor does it include bed and breakfasts (lodging facility having no more than ten guest rooms where transient guests are fed and lodged for pay) or certain other facilities.
    • Such posting must be no smaller than 8 and 1/2 inches X 11 inches and must contain the following wording in bold typed print of not less than 14-point font: “If you or someone you know is being forced to engage in any activity and cannot leave, whether it is commercial sex, housework, farm work, or any other activity, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline at 1-888-373-7888 to access help and services.”

Click here to download the poster. Additional requirements are listed in the text of the law.

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Louisiana: Employers Must Report Certain Pending Payments When Employees Owe Support

Law Effective August 1, 2016

A new law in Louisiana requires employers to report certain pending payments when employees owe support. Highlights of the law include the following:

  • When an employer intends to issue a lump-sum payment in the amount of $300 or more to an employee ordered to pay support, the employer must notify the state Department of Children and Family Services (“Department”) at least 15 days prior to its issuance of the lump-sum payment.
    • The law does not prevent an employer from reporting a lower lump-sum payment at its discretion.
  • Notice of the lump-sum payment must be provided in a method approved by the Department. The Department is expected to provide information regarding all approved methods on its website.
  • If—after 15 days from the date the employer notifies the Department—the employer has not received any verification from the Department as to any withholdings of the lump-sum payment, then the employermay dispense the lump-sum payment in full to the employee ordered to pay support.

Note: The rules above apply only when the Department is providingsupport enforcement services.

The law is effective August 1, 2016. Click here to read the text of the law.

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