Louisiana Emergency Closings: What you need to know

TheLouisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance Act gives the governor, after conferring with the parish presidents, powers and authority under an emergency proclamation to call for prompt response to emergencies such as earthquakes, fires, and other natural disasters, and terrorist events and other man-made disasters. The Governor's emergency powers include ordering evacuations; controlling access to certain geographic areas; suspending regulatory statutes, including the privacy of certain records; and arranging for the use of private property, facilities, services, and industries for emergency response, mitigation, and recovery. Such powers may be exercised either statewide or by parish (LA Rev. Stat. Sec. 17:81.9).
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Compensation for services during emergencies. During a declared state of emergency, no personal services performed for the state, a state agency, or a political subdivision may be compensated except pursuant to state statute or local ordinance.
Late paychecks. Louisiana requires that employees in oil and gas, mining, manufacturing, and public service corporations be paid wages as scheduled. There is no requirement for other industries regarding missing a scheduled payroll date or otherwise paying employees late due to an emergency. Questions on paychecks can be directed to the Louisiana Workforce Commission at 225-342-3111.
Failure to pay employees. Employers that fail to pay regular wages may be fined up to $250, imprisoned for 10 days, or both, for each offense and for each day's violation. Employers that fail to pay the final wage may be liable for additional wages covering up to 90 days from the date of termination or discharge, plus attorneys' fees (LA Rev. ...

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