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Unemployment Insurance: Louisiana

Unemployment Insurance requirements for other states

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

Author: Patricia A. Morley, Research and Writing Associates


  • Unemployment insurance is a nationwide program created to provide partial wage replacement to unemployed workers while they conduct an active search for work. Unemployment insurance is a joint federal-state program based on federal law and executed through state law. See Louisiana Unemployment Insurance.
  • Employers finance unemployment insurance with state and federal tax contributions. The Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) was created to finance all administrative expenses of the federal/state unemployment insurance system and the federal costs involved in providing benefits. The Louisiana unemployment tax is used for the payment of regular benefits to qualified unemployed workers. See Louisiana Unemployment Insurance.
  • Unemployment benefits will generally last for up to 26 weeks. See Benefits.
  • Claimants must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. See Eligibility.
  • Employers and claimants may waive the right to receive written notices or determinations by certified mail. See Unemployment Claims.
  • Parties to an appeal should receive notice seven days prior to the hearing. See Unemployment Claims.
  • Other forms of pay may reduce unemployment benefits. See Effect of Other Payments.
  • Louisiana employers must comply with specific recordkeeping, notice and posting requirements related to unemployment insurance. See Recordkeeping; Notice and Posting Requirements.