Louisiana hotels have become the most recent focus of the state’s effort to stop human trafficking. A new law that went into effect earlier this month requires all hotels to post a notice in the workplace to provide information to workers regarding the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline. The law defines “hotels” to include “any establishment, both public and private, engaged in the business of furnishing or providing rooms and overnight camping facilities intended or designed for dwelling, lodging, or sleeping purposes to transient guests”. Bed and breakfasts having no more than 10 rooms, camps and retreat facilities are excluded from the law.
Under existing law, the poster must also be posted at:
- strip clubs or other sexually-oriented businesses
- full-service fuel facilities located next to interstate highways or highway rest stops
- outpatient abortion facilities
The posting describes human trafficking and provides the national toll-free telephone number of the NHTRC. In addition to including the prescribed text, the notice must meet specific font size and overall poster size requirements. The notice must be posted where other employee notices are posted in the workplace. Employers that fail to post the required poster may be fined up $500.00 for the first offense, up to $1,000 for the second offense, and up to $2,500 for the third offense.
Employers may order the compliant Louisiana Human Trafficking Poster here.