Unleash Local Legislation
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The goal of Unleash Local is to repeal the state ban on local authority over wage floors and earned paid leave policies. The legislative instrument we support is Louisiana House Bill 422, which is sponsored by Rep. Royce Duplessis (D-New Orleans) and co-sponsored by Sen. Wesley Bishop (D-New Orleans).
House Bill 422 states:
To enact R.S. 33:1376 and to repeal R.S. 23:642, relative to parishes and municipalities; toauthorize parishes and municipalities to establish a mandatory minimum wage rate and a minimum number of leave days within their respective jurisdictions; to provide limitations; and to provide for related matters.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of Louisiana:
Section 1. R.S. 33:1376 is hereby enacted to read as follows: §1376. Parishes and municipalities; employment
A. The governing authority of any parish or municipality may establish a mandatory minimum wage rate that a private employer would be required to pay or grant employees.
B. The governing authority of any parish or municipality may establish a mandatory minimum number of vacation or sick leave days, whether paid or unpaid, that a private employer would be required to pay or grant employees.
C. A minimum rate or number of days established by a parish governing authority shall be applicable within and throughout the boundaries of the parish, including those areas located inside the corporate limits of any municipality, except in a municipality where the municipal governing authority establishes a rate or number of days within its respective jurisdiction.
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D. A parish or municipal governing authority shall take such actions and perform such functions as it deems necessary to implement the provisions of this Section.
Section 2. R.S. 23:642 is hereby repealed in its entirety.
The digest printed below was prepared by House Legislative Services. It constitutes no part of the legislative instrument. The keyword, one-liner, abstract, and digest do not constitute part of the law or proof or indicia of legislative intent. [R.S. 1:13(B) and 24:177(E)]
HB 422 Original 2019 Regular Session Duplessis
Abstract: Removes the prohibition against parishes and municipalities from setting a local minimum wage rate and minimum number of leave days in their respective jurisdictions.
Present law provides that no local government shall establish a local minimum wage policy or minimum number of leave days.
Proposed law repeals present law to provide that parishes and municipalities have the authority to establish a mandatory minimum wage rate and minimum number of leave days that a private employer would be required to pay or grant employees.
Proposed law provides that a minimum wage rate or number of leave days established by a parish governing authority shall be applicable throughout the parish, including those areas inside the corporate limits of any municipality.
Proposed law provides that if, however, a municipality establishes a minimum wage rate or number of leave days in its respective jurisdiction then proposed law would not be applicable.
Proposed law provides a parish or municipality shall take such actions and perform such functions to implement proposed law.
(Adds R.S. 33:1376; Repeals R.S. 23:642)