Louisiana Employment Law Update – June 2016

Louisiana

Income Withholding and Reporting

On June 17, 2016, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed legislation (H.B. 737) that changes the deadline for the submission of annual reports to the Department of Revenue regarding deductions and withholdings of employee wages. Current state law requires an employer to file an annual report of deductions and withholdings from wage payments to reconcile quarterly filings along with requisite receipts. The deadline for filing is the first business day after February 27 of each year for wages related to the previous year. House bill 737 changes this deadline to January 31 of each year.

The bill also provides reporting requirements for motion picture production companies, motion picture payroll services companies, or other similar entities required to withhold tax from compensation taxable by the state.

The bill applies to all taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2016.

Read LA H.B. 737

Reduction in Workers’ Compensation Premiums

On June 13, 2016, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed legislation (S.B. 1142) which reduces the workers’ compensation insurance premiums for certain employers.

The bill:

  • Provides for the recoupment of certain workers’ compensation benefits from certain third persons; and
  • Provides for a dollar-for-dollar credit for certain amounts paid on behalf of the employer.

The bill goes into effect on August 1, 2016.

Read LA S.B. 44

Increased Penalties for Distracted Driving

On June 13, 2016, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed legislation (S.B. 91) which substantially increases the penalties for texting or using social media while driving.

The bill went into effect upon signing.

Read LA S.B. 91