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How Long Do I Have to Work For to Collect Unemployment in Louisiana?

In Louisiana, the amount of time you have to work in order to be eligible for unemployment compensation depends upon the amount of wages earned in a base period. Louisiana considers the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters, which is the usual base period for most states. The minimum time that has to be spent working depends entirely on the amount of money you earned while working. The amount of time you need to work is determined by the highest quarter wages you earned and a multiple of those wages. As long as you meet the minimum required earning amounts, that is the minimum length of time you have to spend working. You have to work long enough to earn $800 total in one quarter and long enough to earn  a total of $1,200 in the entire base period – these are the minimum requirements for Louisiana. Further, your employer also has to qualify under your state’s requirements for unemployment coverage.

Louisiana uses the Multiple of High-Quarter Wages (HQW) method.

To compute your eligibility, follow this model:

If your highest wages earned in a quarter is > than $800, you meet the first requirement.

if that amount is also > than 1.5 x your HQW, you meet the second requirement.

if your total wages earned in the BP is > than $1,200, you meet the third requirement

If you meet all three requirements, you are eligible for unemployment compensation in Louisiana, just like Worker A is.

Louisiana does not offer an Alternate Base Period for workers who are ineligible because of insufficient wages earned in the regular Base Period.

Louisiana does allow for an Extended Base Period for workers who are ineligible due to insufficient wages earned in the regular base period if the worker could not work because of a job related injury/disease and files a claim within 24 months of being injured. The Extended Base Period takes into consideration the first 4 of the last 5 completed calendar quarters before the worker was injured.

LA defines an employer or employing unit having paid a minimum of $1,500 in wages during any calendar quarter of the current or previous calendar year. Further, an employer/employing unit is also covered under unemployment insurance if it paid wages to at least one employee and employed said worker at least one day per week during the 20 weeks of the current or previous calendar year.

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