Louisiana Leave of Absence (FMLA): What you need to know

Louisiana does not have a comprehensive statute providing family and medical leave protections. The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), covering employers with 50 or more employees, is the primary law governing family leave in the state. Additional information is available.
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As in all states, Louisiana employers are barred by the federal Pregnancy Disability Act (PDA) from discriminating against any employee on the basis of a pregnancy-related disability. Additional information on the PDA is available.
Louisiana also provides a blanket protection against discrimination due to pregnancy. Under this law it is unlawful for an employer of 25 or more employees to refuse to allow a female employee affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions to either:
1. Receive the same employment benefits or privileges granted by the employer to other employees not so affected. Disabilities due to pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions are required to be treated as any other temporary disability. However, no employer is required to provide disability leave on account of normal pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition for a period exceeding 6 weeks. Also, an employer is not required to provide health insurance coverage for the medical costs of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions; or
2. Take a pregnancy-related disability leave for a reasonable period of time not to exceed 4 months. “Reasonable period of time” means that period during which the employee is actually disabled because of pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition. The employee is entitled to use any accrued vacation leave during this period of time. An ...

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