A Louisiana employment contract details the rights and obligations that a newly hired employee has in relation to their employer and workplace. This document may be used for full-time or part-time hires and describes the employee’s position, their responsibilities, and how much they will be compensated for the work. It should also be specified if the employee will be entitled to any commissions, bonuses, or ownership in the business.
New employees should read this document thoroughly before signing it to be sure they understand the terms by which they may be terminated, the benefits to which they are entitled, and any non-compete clauses that may impede their ability to acquire future work.
Independent Contractor Agreement – Used in the hiring of freelancers to carry out specific tasks.
Subcontractor Agreement – Contractors overseeing a larger project may use this agreement to hire subcontractors.
- Labor Statutes: Title 23 (Labor and Worker’s Compensation)
- Definition of Employee: § 47:111(A)
- Minimum Wage: Federal Min. Wage – $7.25/hr (§ 642, 29 U.S.C. § 206)
- Overtime: Not mentioned in state statutes. Federal min. – one and a half (1.5) times the employee’s standard wage (29 C.F.R. § 778.107).
- Record Keeping: Employers are obligated to keep records detailing the name, address, position, and wages paid to each employee for at least three (3) years (§ 668).
Permitted? Yes, the state of Louisiana allows for at-will employment whereby the employee may be terminated at any time, for any reason, unless a contract or specific state or federal laws prevent this. Some examples of forbidden grounds to terminate employment include:
- Discrimination (§ 332(A)(1))
- Jury duty (§ 965(A)(1))
- Smoking discrimination (§ 965(A)(1))
- Informing or objecting to performing any violations of state law (§ 965(A))
- Whistleblower protection (§ 968(A))