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FMLA: Louisiana

FMLA requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Susan A. P. Woodhouse, Littler


  • A Louisiana employer 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 laws differ, whichever law provides greater benefits and protection to the employee will apply. See Family and Medical Leave.
  • Louisiana requires a covered employer (those with more than 25 employees) to provide leave to an employee who is disabled by pregnancy. 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.
  • A Louisiana employer must allow a pregnant employee 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.
  • A Louisiana employer of at least 20 employees must allow a veteran time off from work to attend medical appointments. See Medical Leave for Veterans.