Media outlets around Louisiana recently reported on a new program from the Louisiana Workforce Commission pursuant to which employers have the opportunity to report job applicants who are either no-shows for job interviews or who turn down job offers. Here are links to stories from WAFB in Baton Rouge, KTBS in Shreveport, KNOE in Monroe, KATC in Lafayette, and KPLC in Lake Charles.

Employers can submit these reports electronically through the Louisiana Workforce Commission website. Here are the two links to electronic reporting portals within the Louisiana Workforce Commission website.

To receive unemployment benefits, an unemployed person must seek suitable work while receiving benefits. Under this reporting program, the Louisiana Workforce Commission can investigate an unemployment recipient’s job-seeking efforts, and if the recipient has declined job interviews or job offers, the recipient may lose their unemployment benefits. This is a new program aimed at helping employers who are having difficulty filling job openings. The future will tell if the program meets its goal.