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Date:March 26, 2020
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Special COVID-19 Blanket Employment Certificates for Minors to work in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE - In response to the current COVID-19 event, under La. R.S. 23:184.1 the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) will begin issuing sixty (60) day blanket Employment Certificates for employers desiring to employ minors in the State of Louisiana. Employment Certificates issued due to this event will expire sixty (60) days from the date of issuance. Upon expiration, employers will be required to obtain Employment Certificates as required under La. R.S. 23:181 et. seq.

Employers desiring to obtain an Employment Certificate under this memorandum, must submit a completed and signed “Application to Employ Minors under 18” along with proof of age to The application can be downloaded from the LWC’s website, or by copying and pasting the following address into your web browser: Incomplete applications will not be processed. Employers should allow three (3) days for processing.

When the application has been approved, the employer will be notified via email from the LWC Office of Workforce Development. The names of those minors who are approved to work under the Employment Certificate will be attached to the email. As indicated, blanket Employment Certificates are valid for a maximum of sixty (60) days. Blanket Employment Certificates are not transferable. Certificates are required to be kept at the minor’s work location.

Any questions or concerns regarding this memorandum should be directed to

About the Louisiana Workforce Commission

The Louisiana Workforce Commission is an agency of state government that administers programs designed to enhance workforce growth and provide family-sustaining jobs for Louisiana residents. The commission monitors employment, administers unemployment compensation and tax funds, provides training resources for employers and employees and oversees worker compensation benefits. The agency also gathers and supplies information on the labor market and occupational sectors in Louisiana.


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