Louisiana Wage and Hour Laws
Louisiana has not established a minimum wage rate.
For more information on Louisiana’s minimum wage laws, visit our Louisiana Minimum Wage Laws page, which includes topics such as minimum wage, tip minimum wage, tip sharing and pooling, and subminimum wages.
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Louisiana does not have laws governing the payment of overtime. Federal overtime laws apply. See FLSA: Overtime for more information regarding overtime requirements.
Meals and Breaks
Louisiana employers must provide a meal period to employees under the age of eighteen (18) years who are scheduled to work five (5) consecutive hours. The meal period does not need to be paid. Louisiana Rev. Stat. 23: 213.
Louisiana does not have any laws requiring an employer to provide a meal period or breaks to employees eighteen (18) years of age or older, thus the federal rule applies. The federal rule does not require an employer to provide either a meal (lunch) period or breaks. However, if an employer chooses to do so, breaks, usually of the type lasting less than twenty (20) minutes, must be paid. Meal or lunch periods (usually thirty (30) minutes or more) do not need to be paid, so long as the employee is free to do as they wish during the meal or lunch period. DOL: Breaks and Meal Periods.
Information about Louisiana vacation leave laws may now be found on our Louisiana Leave Laws page.
Information about Louisiana sick leave laws may now be found on our Louisiana Leave Laws page.
Information about Louisiana holiday leave laws may now be found on our Louisiana Leave Laws page.
Jury Duty Leave
Information about Louisiana jury duty leave laws may now be found on our Louisiana Leave Laws page.
Information about Louisiana voting leave laws may now be found on our Louisiana Leave Laws page.
Louisiana law does not require employers to provide employees with severance pay. If an employer chooses to provide severance benefits, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.