Monthly Archives: January 2016

Guest Post: Florida Comp Judge David Langham on the Current Crop of Supreme Court Challenges

David Langham is Deputy Chief Judge of Compensation Claims for the Florida Office of Judges of Compensation Claims and Division of Administrative Hearings. In a guest post below, Judge Langham reviews the complexities of the three workers’ comp cases currently pending before the Florida Supreme Court, all of which could have potentially huge consequences for the last twenty years of reform packages. He also authors the popular industry blog Florida Workers’ Comp Adjudication.

In national news:

Safety + Health, the magazine for the National Safety Council, has published employer resources for guidance on combustible dust, as OSHA’s rulemaking on the issue has lagged behind schedule.

In local news:

Louisiana Workforce Commission Executive Director Ava Dejoie announced the appointment of Sheral Kellar as director of the Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration.

In national news:

Ride-share company Lyft has agreed to pay $12.25 million and change how it treats its California drivers to settle claims of unfair treatment, meanwhile Uber will go to trial to fight similar demands by its drivers.

In tech news:

The sharing economy, expanded litigation, surplus capital, custom account underwriting and further consolidation are likely to challenge the U.S. casualty insurance marketplace in 2016, according to broker Marsh.

In local news:

New data released yesterday reveal a potential slowing of oil and gas job losses in Louisiana, but the state lost 9,900 jobs in the sector over the year.