Louisiana Laws on Smoking in the Workplace

Information on Louisiana workplace smoking laws, including accommodations for smokers and employer policies on smoking.

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What kinds of workplaces are subject to Louisiana workplace smoking laws?

Workplace smoking laws apply to any enclosed workplace, excluding bars and outdoor patios.

In Louisiana, in what parts of the workplace is smoking prohibited? Where is smoking permitted?

Smoking is prohibited in any enclosed workplace. Smoking is permitted outdoors, unless employer posts signs prohibiting smoking in the outdoor area.

What are the requirements for designated smoking areas in Louisiana workplaces?

Louisiana does not require employers to create designated smoking areas or provide other accommodations for smokers in the workplace.

Does Louisiana require employers to make accommodations for nonsmokers?

Louisiana doesn’t specifically require employers to provide workplace accommodations for nonsmoker employees.

Are employers required to have a written or oral policy on workplace smoking in Louisiana?

Louisiana laws don’t address employer policies on smoking in the workplace. Local laws regulating smoking -- at the city, county, or town level -- may require employers to have a policy on smoking in some areas. And even though it’s not required by law in Louisiana, employers are generally free to adopt policies on smoking in the workplace if they choose to.

Does Louisiana provide employees with protection from smoking-related discrimination?

An employer may not require prospective employee to refrain from using tobacco products outside of work as a condition of employment, or discriminate against smokers or nonsmokers regarding termination, layoffs, wages, benefits, or other terms of employment.

Where can I find Louisiana law information on smoking in the workplace?

If you want to go right to the source and look up Louisiana law on workplace smoking laws -- or if you're writing a letter to your employer or employee and want to cite the applicable law -- the relevant statute(s) can be found at La. Rev. Stat. Ann. Sections 40:1300.251 to 40:1300.263, 23:966. Workplace smoking information is also available in Nolo's books Your Rights in the Workplace, by Barbara Repa (Nolo) and The Employer's Legal Handbook, by Fred Steingold (Nolo).

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