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Louisiana Sick Leave: What you need to know

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.
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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).
Louisiana law does require that unclassified state employees be provided paid sick leave for conditions, including pregnancy, accrued according to a formula based on years of service (Executive Order EWE 92-58).
State law also provides that employees who have accrued 15 or more days may transfer leave time to a “pool account,” which may be used for a personal or family emergency, such as a spouse's or child's illness or injury (LA Rev. Stat. Sec. 42:441et seq.).
Employees who work an average of 20 or more hours per week are entitled to leave in order to donate bone marrow.
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Employers that offer sick leave, whether paid or unpaid, should ensure that their policy applies equally to all employees, particularly without regard to sex, age, or disability.
Under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), covered employees have the right to substitute sick days for any part of a ...

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