Louisiana Political Activity: What you need to know

Louisiana law does not expressly require employers to give employees time off to vote in any election. However, many employers customarily allow employees to use accrued personal days or to take unpaid time off for this purpose.
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Louisiana law prohibits employers with 20 or more employees from forbidding or preventing employees from engaging in politics or from running for public office. Employers cannot adopt or enforce any rule or policy that controls or directs the political activities or affiliation of employees. Employers may not coerce or influence employees by means of threats of discharge if an employee becomes affiliated with or supports a political organization or participates in political activities (LA Rev. Stat. Sec. 23:961, Sec. 962). An employer that violates the law is subject to fines of up to $1,000, imprisonment for up to six months, or both. A firm, corporation, or association that violates the law is subject to fines of up to $2,000.
State classified employees may not engage in most political activities. "Prohibited political activities" are defined generally as any effort to support or oppose a political candidate for election or a political party in an election, whether the election is for a state, local, national, or even out-of-state office. However, state classified employees may serve as a poll commissioner or official watcher on behalf of a governmental entity or be a member of a private organization that may endorse a candidate for public office, as long as the primary purpose of the organization is not political support or opposition. State classified employees may also attend free functions at which candidates may ...

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