There is no Louisiana law requiring private sector employers to provide employees sick leave, paid or unpaid, although many employers do grant it as an important employee benefit. It is important, however, to remember that if sick leave is promised, an employer may have a legal obligation to grant it. Employers should regularly review policy statements made in handbooks or elsewhere to ensure that they accurately reflect current policies. If not, they should be changed, and employees must be notified of the changes.
Local governmental subdivisions are barred by state law from establishing a mandatory, minimum number of vacation or sick leave days for employees of private employers, whether paid or unpaid (LA R.S. 23:642).