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Author: Susan A. P. Woodhouse, Littler Mendelson, PC


  • Louisiana employers with 50 or more employees will likely be required to adhere to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). To the extent, federal and state law differs, whichever law provides greater benefits and protection to the employee will apply. See Family and Medical Leave.
  • Louisiana requires covered employers (those with more than 25 employees) to provide employees with pregnancy disability leave. See Employer Coverage.
  • A pregnancy-related disability leave must be permitted for a reasonable amount of time, not to exceed four months. See Purpose and Length of Leave.
  • Louisiana employers must allow pregnant employees to transfer to a less strenuous or hazardous position for the duration of the employee's pregnancy if certain conditions are met. See Alternative Work Arrangements.
  • Louisiana law considers it an unlawful employment practice for an employer to make certain decisions based on an employee's pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition. See Prohibited Actions.
  • Louisiana employers of at least 20 employees must allow veterans time off from work to attend medical appointments.See Medical Leave for Veterans.