Date:March 12, 2019
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LWC, LHRDI 2019 Louisiana Labor Summit in New Orleans fast approaching

BATON ROUGE – Registration remains open for the 2019 Louisiana Labor Summit, sponsored by the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) and the Louisiana Human Resources Development Institute (LHRDI), on March 20-22 at the New Orleans Marriott.

Summit attendees will have exclusive access to a variety of presentations, workshops and panel discussions that focus on workforce development and solutions, providing them opportunities to connect with business and government leaders, as well as education, labor, and workforce professionals.

The Summit will also showcase dynamic plenary breakfast and lunch speakers, including Governor John Bel Edwards. “When we diversify our workforce, we create opportunities for growth and improvement for everyone,” said Gov. Edwards, who will be delivering the Keynote Legislative Luncheon on March 21.

Numerous special guests will be featured on this year’s summit agenda, including:

• Regional Administrator Nick Lalpuis, U.S. Dept. of Labor;

• Assistant Commissioner Hugh Bailey, Workforce Development, New Jersey Department of Labor;

• Secretary. Fitzgerald Washington, Alabama Secretary of Labor;

• Dr. Shawn Wilson, Secretary, Department of Transportation and Development;

• Secretary. Jimmy LeBlanc, Department of Corrections;

• Dr. Kim Hunter Reed, Commissioner of Higher Education;

• Chairman Chip Kline, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority; and others.

Summit attendees also will hear from LWC Secretary Ava Dejoie during various sessions and panel discussions. According to Secretary Dejoie, “Our mission at the LWC is simple: We put people to work. Our job is to provide invaluable tools for job seekers and employers in order to maintain a world-class workforce in Louisiana, and collaboration and partnerships are a crucial part of our success. The 2019 Louisiana Labor Summit will provide a unique opportunity to connect with hundreds of professionals to gather vital best- practices information and innovative workforce-development strategies. Don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity.” said Dejoie. Summit participants will benefit greatly from the abundance of information that will be shared.

Summit topics include, among others:

• The intricacies of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA);

• LWC program/services details, including Workers’ Compensation (WC), Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWTP), Unemployment Insurance (UI), Registered Apprenticeship, the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC);

• Avoiding sexual harrassment in the workplace;

• Preventing recidivism with ex-offender re-entry initiatives;

• The benefits of hiring older employees as well as those with disabilities;

• Honing social media for businesses;

• Utilizing labor market information (LMI) in decision-making;

• Averting and responding to layoffs;

• Creating a safe work environment; and more.

Guests also will have opportunities to receive Continuing Legal Education (CLE) units, attend a Workforce Investment Council (WIC) meeting, and take part in a numerous other training and informative sessions. For a complete Summit schedule, click here .

The 2019 Labor Summit registration costs $150 per person and includes daily breakfast, lunch, and entry to Summit events. Visit to register. Call (504) 581-1000 to reserve your room, and be sure to reference the 2019 LA Labor Summit.

Visit or find @LouisianaWorks on social media for additional Summit information.

About the Louisiana Workforce Commission

The Louisiana Workforce Commission is an agency of state government that administers programs designed to enhance workforce growth and provide family-sustaining jobs for Louisiana residents. The commission monitors employment, administers unemployment compensation and tax funds, provides training resources for employers and employees and oversees worker compensation benefits. The agency also gathers and supplies information on the labor market and occupational sectors in Louisiana.


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