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Louisiana Minimum Wage Increase Fails in Senate

On May 25, 2017, the Louisiana Senate Finance Committee voted 7-3 against Senate Bill No. 153, which aimed to increase the state minimum wage to $8.00 per hour in 2018 and to $8.50 per hour in 2019. The bill also would have required the state minimum wage to be raised to match any increase to the federal minimum wage, should it be raised above the state minimum. The Senate’s most recent rejection means Louisiana remains one of the 5 states without a state minimum wage law on the books and one of the 21 states that have not adopted state minimum wage requirements above the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour, which was last raised in 2009.

*Special thanks to Kyle Hansen, Summer Associate, for his assistance in preparing this post.

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Nicole A. Eichberger, Labor and Employment Attorney, Proskauer Law Firm
Senior Counsel

Nicole A. Eichberger is a Senior Counsel in the Labor and Employment Department, and a member of the Class/Collective Action Group and the Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation & ERISA Litigation Practice Center, resident in the New Orleans office. Nici assists clients in the defense of numerous complex employment and ERISA class and collective actions, including those alleging FLSA, ERISA and Executive Compensation Claims. Nici is also a member of the Firm’s eDiscovery Group and advises clients on eDiscovery matters, including day-to-day preservation, investigations, and...

Minia Bremenstul, Proskauer Law Firm, Employment Litigation Attorney

Minia E. Bremenstul is an associate in the Labor & Employment Law Department. Prior to joining Proskauer, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Susie Morgan in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Minia graduated summa cum laude from the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 2014, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif. Minia also served as executive senior editor of the Louisiana Law Review and received the 2012-2013 Vinson & Elkins Award for best student comment or casenote.