A Louisiana employment contract protects both the employer and the employee by detailing the terms and conditions of employment. A few elements that a Louisiana employment contract will cover include the employee’s job responsibilities, the compensation they will receive, and the duration of the employment.
For a contract to be valid in Louisiana, it must be in writing and involve an unambiguous offer and its acceptance, but it doesn’t require a statement of consideration to be binding  .
- Laws: Louisiana Revised Statutes Title 23.
- Definition of Employee: § 47:111: “An individual, whether resident or nonresident of this State, who performs or performed any service in this state for wages or any resident of this state who performs or performed any service outside this state for wages. The word “employee,” as used in this Sub-part, is intended to include officers of corporations and elected officials.”
Hiring in Louisiana
When hiring employees in Louisiana, there are several employment laws that you need to be aware of.
There are no state exceptions for at-will employment in Louisiana.
Minimum Wage ($/hr)
In Louisiana, there is no state minimum wage law. Employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act must pay the current Federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour  .
For minors under 18, Louisiana requires employment certificates. Age certification is not required in Louisiana  .
Louisiana requires employers to pay employees on regularly scheduled paydays at least bi-weekly or semi-monthly.
Semi-monthly applies to entities employing ten or more employees engaged in manufacturing, mining, or boring for oil and to every public service corporation  .
Meal and Rest Breaks
Louisiana does not require paid minimum rest or meal periods.
Employers in Louisiana must keep employee records on wages and job descriptions for at least three years  , and for:
- Safety & health/workers’ compensation
- Child labor
- Employee access to records
- Unemployment insurance (5 years)
Download a Louisiana employment contract template below in PDF or Word format.