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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


  • Louisiana does not have a state family and medical leave law applicable to private employers. See Family and Medical Leave.
  • A covered Louisiana employer must allow an employee affected by pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions to take a leave of absence for a reasonable length of time not to exceed four months. See Pregnancy Leave.
  • A covered employer cannot terminate a honorably discharged veteran for taking time off from work to attend medical visits which are necessary to receive veteran's benefits. See Veterans Medical Appointment Leave.
  • Other types of leave may be available to Louisiana employees - some required by federal, state or local law, and some provided by company policy, as well as several sources of income replacement. See Interaction of Leave Laws.