Monthly Archives: November 2015

In local news:

A Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal case partly reversed a WCJ’s ruling because of the incorrect application of the legal standard for proving job availability, and includes a weighty concurrence from Judge Savoie regarding the “state of the law” for voc rehab.

In neighboring news:

The Texas Department of Insurance announced the public comment period for a rule which would amend death benefits eligibility to include spouses of first responders even after remarriage.

In tech news:

Stateline, the daily news service of The Pew Charitable Trusts published a piece addressing the future of regulation for ride-sharing services like Uber.

In national news:

NCOIL has stated its intention to investigate “opt out” (or in the case of Texas, “opt in”) workers’ comp schemes.

In safety news:

A new report from the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General says that OSHA lacks sufficient metrics to determine the success of its enforcement and safety promotion efforts, and that it needs an outcomes-based strategy.

In neighboring news:

Alabama employers participating in the Alabama Retail Association (ARA Comp) self-insured fund will receive a $7.6 million total credit toward their 2016 workers’ compensation premiums.

In local news:

Louisiana lost jobs in October and its unemployment rate rose slightly, according to seasonally-adjusted data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In neighboring news:

The Texas 13th District Court of Appeals affirmed a ruling from a lower court which said that, although she was injured in a “health care setting,” a housekeeper’s negligence suit against a Texas nonsubscriber is not a health care liability claim.

In local news:

OSHA cited Baton Rouge-based Ted Hebert LLC on November 20th for one willful and five serious violations, following the death of a worker in an unprotected trench.