Chapter 27: Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 ("COVID-19")

The emergency rules in this chapter are prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic declaration of emergency in the State of Louisiana. Appointing authorities are encouraged to consider telework for employees, as practical.

27.1 Repealed effective May 7, 2020.


27.2 Repealed effective May 7, 2020.


27.3 Repealed effective May 7, 2020.

27.4 Limitation of Civil Service Rule 12.6

For the duration of this Chapter, an appointing authority shall not non-disciplinarily remove an employee for exhaustion of sick leave or unscheduled absences related to COVID-19.

27.5 Overtime Pay Expansion

For the duration of this Chapter, state overtime performed by both exempt and non-exempt employees related to the COVID-19 pandemic may be paid at the time and one-half rate.

27.6 Delegation of Authority of Director

Because guidance from healthcare authorities and government officials is constantly changing due to the fluidity of the COVID-19 situation, the authority granted to the Director in Civil Service Rule 3.1(k) is expanded to allow the Director to act between meetings on non-routine matters requiring Commission approval including, but not limited to, work schedules, leave, compensation and staffing matters of an urgent nature related to COVID-19. Such authority includes, but is not limited to, authority to promulgate emergency rules to address these matters.

27.7 Suspension of Deadlines

All deadlines imposed by the Civil Service Rules are suspended for thirty calendar days effective March 18, 2020, unless such suspension is extended by the Commission or the Director. This provision does not apply to deadlines imposed by the Constitution, including the 15-day period for filing an Application for Review of a Referee’s decision and the 30-day period for appealing the Commission’s decision to the Court of Appeal.

The provisions of this rule were extended by the Civil Service Director until 12:01 a.m. on April 30, 2020.

The provisions of this rule were extended by the Civil Service Director until 12:01 a.m. on May 31, 2020. Unless this Rule is extended by the Commission at the May 6, 2020 Commission meeting, it will expire on May 31, 2020.

27.8 Special Meeting Rules

During the COVID-19 pandemic declaration of emergency in the State of Louisiana and in the absence of ability to otherwise establish a quorum, as certified and posted with the meeting agenda, Commission members who are unable to attend a meeting of the Civil Service Commission in person due to conditions closely and directly related to the pandemic may attend and participate in the meeting via electronic means. Except for executive session, deliberations involving Commission members participating electronically must be conducted in such a manner that all members and the public can hear.


27.9 Repealed effective May 7, 2020.

27.10 Expiration of Rule

This Rule is effective prospectively from March 18, 2020. The provisions of Rule 27.1(b) and 27.2(a)2 shall expire at 12:01 a.m. on April 13, 2020 unless extended by the Commission or the Director. The remaining provisions of this Rule expire upon Order of the Commission or in 120 days, whichever comes first.