Last updated on: April 27th, 2022
Hours & Pay Regulations
Louisiana does not have a paid or unpaid annual leave law that applies generally to private employees.
Louisiana has no minimum wage law. That means eligible employees in Louisiana are entitled to the federal minimum wage. The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 per hour.
The above information on minimum wages might not be up to date & subject to change. Kindly access the DOL website for the current rates.
Employers must allow employees to take leave to perform service in the uniformed services. Employers can pay compensation to employees during their period of service if these employees are paid such compensation on a uniform basis. Employees can choose to use any amount or combination of their accrued annual leave, paid military leave, vacation, or compensatory leave during their period of service. Employees returning from such service are entitled to re-employment rights and benefits and other employment benefits if they meet certain eligibility requirements. However, re-employment isn’t required if employers can prove that it is impossible or unreasonable or that it would impose an undue hardship on them.
Eligible employees can take pregnancy disability leave for a reasonable period of time and use any accrued vacation leave during such period. A reasonable period of time means up to a four-month period where female employees are disabled because of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. Employers can limit female employees to 6 weeks of disability leave for their normal pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. Employers must treat pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions as any other temporary disability. Employers must allow female employees affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions to receive the same benefits and privileges provided to other employees who have a similar ability or inability to work, including disability or sick leave and other accrued leave provided to temporarily disabled employees.
An employer may grant an employee leave from work of up to a total of sixteen hours during any twelve-month period to attend, observe, or participate in conferences or classroom activities related to the employee’s dependent children for whom he is the legal guardian that’s conducted at the child’s school or day care center, if the conferences or classroom activities cannot reasonably be scheduled during the non work hours of the employee. An employee who wishes to request leave shall provide reasonable notice to the employer prior to the leave and make a reasonable effort to schedule the leave so as not to unduly disrupt the operations of the employer.
An employer shall grant paid leaves of absence to an employee who seeks to undergo a medical procedure to donate bone marrow. The combined length of the leaves shall be determined by the employee, but may not exceed 40 work hours, unless agreed to by the employer. The employer may require verification by a physician of the purpose and length of each leave requested by the employee.
Employees who are volunteers engaged in activities involving the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, and first responders (including but not limited to medical personnel, emergency and medical technicians, volunteer firemen, auxiliary law enforcement officers and members of the Civil Air Patrol) are entitled to time off from work when absent or late for work due to responding to a state of emergency prior to or during the time the employee is to report to work consistent with state and federal law.