Louisiana law mandates that every employer must adopt, implement, and maintain a written smoking policy.
My research shows that any nonsmoking employee may object to his employer about smoke in the workplace. If an objection is placed, the employer must accommodate the non-smoker using already available means of ventilation, separation or partition of office space. However, an employer is not required by law to make any changes that require major expenditures or structural changes to accommodate the preferences of nonsmoking or smoking employees.
I have read that when an employer prohibits smoking in an office workplace, the area in whichsmoking is prohibited must be clearly marked with signs.
If there is a change in smoking policy, it must be announced and posted within three months of adoption to all employees working in office workplaces of the employer, and a written copy of the policy must be posted conspicuously in all office workplaces under the employer’s jurisdiction.
If the workplace is a state, parish, or municipal building where smoking in the office workplace is restricted, an employer may, if allowable under lease provisions and fire or other safety regulations, designate a smoking area in a separate room. Educational and health care facilities are not be required to designate smoking areas. Also exempt are courtrooms, or other areas used by the judicial branch of state government.
I understand that a poster outlining the Louisiana smoking law must be posted in an employer’s place of business.