Louisiana Commuting laws & HR compliance analysis

Louisiana Commuting: What you need to know

Commuting options.The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD) encourage employers to promote ridesharing and use of public transportation and to provide commuting incentives and scheduling alternatives for employees.
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DEQ's Commuting Options Web page offers information on commuting options, telecommuting, and alternative work schedules athttp://www.deq.louisiana.gov. Information is also available by calling 866-896-LDEQ.
Commuting conditions. LaDOTD's travel information page has information on public transit, bicycling and walking to work, and other modes of transportation at http://wwwsp.dotd.la.gov. The LaDOTD can transmit real-time commuting and traffic information to computers and mobile devices. Go to http://www.511la.org.
Ridesharing. Louisiana law defines “ridesharing” as employees sharing a commute to work with a volunteer driver. Options include carpools in a vehicle with seating capacity of no more than 9 people, and vanpools in a vehicle with seating capacity of from 7 to 15 people. Buses are defined as vehicles with a capacity of 16 or more people (LA Rev. Stat. Sec. 45:162et seq.).
Licensing, insurance, taxes. Ridesharing vehicles are not licensed as common carriers, require no special insurance or special vehicle registration, and need no distinct equipment (LA Rev. Stat. Sec. 45:172). They are treated under the law just like other private automobiles. Employees are not taxed on employer-provided benefits for transportation (e.g., subsidies for carpools or vanpools, reimbursement for mass transportation, etc.).
Workers' compensation. An employer is not liable for injuries suffered by passengers in a ...

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