Under Louisiana law the employer can withhold the final paycheck so long as employer property is not returned to the employer. Additionally, an employer may deduct compensation where the willful or negligent acts of the employee cause damage to the employer's property, but only up to the amount of the compensation otherwise owed. The statute contains no obligation to provide notice to the employee before claiming the deduction.
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