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What are my obligations with respect to wages upon termination of employment?

Under Louisiana law, when an employee is discharged or voluntarily quits, amounts due under the terms of employment must be paid by the next regular pay day or within 15 days, whichever is sooner. “Terms of employment” includes more than just regular wages. It also includes vested vacation pay, earned commissions, bonuses, and bargained-for benefits under a collective bargaining agreement.

Payment must be made in the place and manner in which it has been customarily paid during the employment. Because many places of businesses, however, are temporarily closed or operating during reduced hours, payment can also be made via U.S. mail.