Louisiana Wage and Hour Investigations: What you need to know

All employers must admit the executive director of the Workforce Commission (or his or her authorized representative) to their places of employment at any reasonable time for the purpose of making inspections and collecting facts and statistics relating to the employment of workers (LA Rev. Stat. Sec. 23:5). In addition, all employers must make their wage-related records available upon request and provide true and specific answers to the department's questions (LA Rev. Stat. Sec. 23:14). The executive director has the right to copy any book, account, record, payroll, paper, or document relating to the employment of workers (LA Rev. Stat. Sec. 23:7).
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The executive director may administer oaths, issue subpoenas, and compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of relevant documents. If an employer fails to comply with an order or refuses to testify on any relevant matter, a court might find the employer in contempt (LA Rev. Stat. Sec. 23:11).
Records. Every employer is required to keep a true and accurate record of the name, address, and occupation of each employee, as well as the employee's daily and weekly hours worked and wages paid each pay period. These records must be kept for at least 1 year (LA Rev. Stat. Sec. 23:14).
The labor department may use an imaging, electronic digitizing, or similar process to record, file, process, and preserve any records, forms, information, statements, transcriptions, and other documents. However, the department will also keep the original source document until electronic digitizing is recognized as an acceptable means of preserving records (LA Rev. Stat. Sec. 23:12).
Employers that violate Louisiana's wage laws must pay a fine of up to $500 for each ...

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