Employment and Labor Laws

Louisiana

Louisiana Minimum Wage, Overtime, Hours and Leave Laws


Minimum Wage

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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Overtime

Louisiana labor laws do not have laws governing the payment of overtime. Federal overtime laws apply. See FLSA: Overtime for more information regarding overtime requirements.


Prevailing Wages

Louisiana does not have a prevailing wage law that governs wage rates on government project or service contracts.

Under certain circumstances, employers in Louisiana may be required to pay residents wage rates established by federal prevailing wage rates and rules. The prevailing wage rates may be different from the federal and state’s standard minimum wage rates. Employees may be eligible for prevailing wages if they work on government or government-funded construction projects or perform certain government services. See the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA), and Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act (PCA) for more information about prevailing wages.


Meals and Breaks

Louisiana labor laws require employers to 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. LA Statute 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.


Nursing Mother Breaks

Louisiana labor laws do not require employers to provide nursing mothers with breaks to express breast milk. However, the federal Fair Labor Standards Act requires certain employees to provide nonexempt nursing mothers for one (1) year following a child’s birth with reasonable rest breaks to express milk and private spaces, other than a bathroom, to express breast milk.


Vacation Leave

Information about Louisiana vacation leave laws may now be found on our Louisiana Leave Laws page.


Sick Leave

Information about Louisiana sick leave laws may now be found on our Louisiana Leave Laws page.


Holiday Leave

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.


Voting Leave

Information about Louisiana voting leave laws may now be found on our Louisiana Leave Laws page.


Severance Pay

Louisiana labor laws do 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.


Unemployment

Under certain circumstances, Louisiana residents may be eligible for unemployment benefits while they search for another job. You are required to certify that you are unemployed on a weekly basis to receive these benefits. See Louisiana State Unemployment Benefits.


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