Louisiana Sick Leave laws & HR compliance analysis

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 to remember, however, that if sick leave is promised, an employer may create a legal obligation to grant it. Employers should regularly review statements made in handbooks or elsewhere to ensure that they accurately reflect current policies. If changes are necessary, the policy should be revised and employees notified of the changes.
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Local mandatory minimums prohibited. 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. 42:441 et seq.).
Note: BLR® provides comprehensive employment law coverage at the federal and state levels. However, businesses may be subject to additional requirements at the local (city, county, and municipal) level.
For select cities, BLR will provide a brief overview of these requirements.
If your locality is not listed below or if you require further guidance on a law that is listed, we recommend contacting the area chamber of commerce or the ...

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