Losing your job may be bad news, and may be unfair. But in Louisiana, as in most states, a job is usually "at-will." "At-will" means that your employer can fire you for any reason or even for no reason at all, unless the reason is illegal. You can also leave anytime you want. But if you have an employment contract, or you are a union or government worker, your job is probably not "at-will." In that case, you probably have some extra protection against losing your job. But no matter what kind of job you have, if your boss is determined to fire you it is usually hard to stop it.
This helps people whose employment or self-employment gets interrupted as part of a disaster. The loss or result of unemployment must be the result of a major disaster. This covers how to apply for disaster unemployment benefits. This also covers what wage theft is, your right to fair wage pay, and what to do if you are not being paid fair wages as a result of a disaster.
Find out what government programs might help you. Most government programs were created by federal law. Most are run in Louisiana by state agencies, but some are run directly by federal government agencies. You may be eligible for some services or benefits but not others.
This covers what to do when a person finds out they may have gotten overpaid unemployment money. The Louisiana Workforce Commission must give notice to a person that they got an incorrect amount of money. This resource covers ways to pay the money back or ways to contest or appeal the decision. This covers penalties a person might face. This covers issues a person may deal with in allegations of fraud.
Unemployment insurance (UI) is a program designed to provide temporary financial assistance to workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own and who meet the requirements of the Louisiana Employment Security Law. UI benefits are paid as a matter of past employment and legal entitlement, and not on the basis of need.
A payday loan is a type of short-term option to borrow where a lender will extend high-interest credit based on your income. Its principal is typically a portion of your next paycheck. Payday loans charge high interest rates for short-term immediate credit. They are also called “cash advance” loans or “check advance” loans.
What if your health care coverage ends because you lose your job, have your hours reduced, or get laid off? You may have rights to certain health and retirement benefit protections even if you lose your job.
The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a community service and work-based job training program for older Americans. Authorized by the Older Americans Act, the program provides training for low-income, unemployed seniors. Participants also have access to employment assistance through American Job Centers. Participants must be at least 55, unemployed, and have a family income of no more than 125% of the federal poverty level. Enrollment priority is given to veterans and qualified spouses, then to individuals who are over 65, have a disability, have low literacy skills or limited English proficiency, reside in a rural area, are homeless or at risk of homelessness, have low employment prospects, or have failed to find employment after using services through the American Job Center system.
The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, Guide to Advance Notice of Closing and Layoffs
Federal law protects some communities and workers affected by plant closings or other mass layoffs. Find out more about this federal law and your rights in this article on the state labor department web site.
Louisiana Unemployment Benefits and Appeals- This Guided Assistant tool can help you understand how to file for unemployment benefits. It can also help you decide whether you should appeal a decision if you are denied help. This tool is not legal advice. This tool does not not take the place of legal advice from a competent attorney licensed in your state and familiar with the law and facts of your legal issue.
This resource has general information on Unemployment Insurance. It also directs you to a program you can use to ask the Unemployment Insurance review board to take a second look at your case if you were denied.
Overpayments of unemployment benefits may occur when someone received benefits that they are later found to have been ineligible to receive. This can happen for two main reasons: If you received more benefits than you are entitled to or if you failed to respond to a requests for information.
This resource has general information and FAQs on Unpaid Wages, a sample demand letter to your employer, plus a link to a program you can use to automatically create an unpaid wages demand letter. Just answer a few questions and your letter will be generated. This program does not provide legal advice.
Many employers offer departing employees money or benefits in exchange for a release (or “waiver”) of liability for all claims connected with the employment relationship, including discrimination claims under the civil rights laws enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) -- the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Equal Pay Act (EPA). Includes what to do if you are offered a severance agreement in exchange for a waiver of your actual or potential discrimination claims, basic information about severance agreements, and when a waiver is valid.
This resource discusses your work rights and duties you owe to your employer if you or someone in your family gets COVID-19.