State unemployment benefits were intended to help people who lost their job due to no fault of their own. In Louisiana, employers pay all costs for unemployment benefits through a payroll tax or reimbursable program (government entities and non-profits only).
Who is Eligible for State Unemployment Benefits?
Only people who are terminated or laid-off from a job are eligible for state unemployment benefits.
How are Unemployment Benefits Funded?
In 2023, the unemployment tax rate in Louisiana ranges from 0.09% to 6.2% based on a taxable wage base of $7,700 per employee. Since unemployment benefits are “pre-paid” by most private sector companies, there is generally no additional cost to the former employer when someone files a claim.
Are People Eligible for Unemployment Benefits if Terminated During First 90 Days on the Job?
Once an employee has received a payroll check, they become eligible for benefits if they are terminated or laid-off from a job. However, benefits are calculated based on the amount of wages paid to the employee in the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters before the unemployment claim was filed. This means an employer’s unemployment account can be charged for benefits for a former employee who resigned from that job, but who was terminated or laid off by the next employer. Currently, weekly unemployment benefits in Louisiana range from $10 to $275 for a maximum of 26 weeks.
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