Monthly Archives: February 2016

In neighboring news:

Oklahoma’s opt-out program was ruled unconstitutional by the state’s Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) on Friday, after a previous hearing two days earlier in the week had placed the issue under advisement.

In local news:

Pipeline fabrication company Stupp Corporation of Baton Rouge issued a Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification (WARN) to the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

In national news:

A former BP supervisor was found not guilty by a New Orleans jury on Thursday of a single pollution charge stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident that killed 11 workers.

New OWCA Director Sheral Kellar Held First WCAC Meeting, Encourages Open Exchange of Ideas

New Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWCA) Director and former Chief Workers’ Compensation Judge Sheral Kellar held her first Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) meeting yesterday at the LABI conference center in Baton Rouge. After introducing herself to the assembled stakeholders, Kellar addressed several pending administrative issues, including the Arrant v. Acree Supreme Court decision, the hiring process for a new Medical Director, and CLE credit for pro bono representation.

In local news:

AMERISAFE officially announced that Allen Bradley, AMERISAFE’s Executive Chairman, will retire effective April 22, 2016.

In national news:

A federal judge sentenced former California state Senator Leland Yee to five years in prison after he acknowledged accepting thousands of dollars in bribes, including monies for voting in favor of a workers’ comp bill.

In industry news:

Property/Casualty insurance pros are weighing in on the news this week that Google is unceremoniously dropping its “Google Compare” auto insurance venture.

In neighboring news:

A jury in Houston awarded $53.8 million to the family of a construction worker who was killed in 2013 while working on renovations at Texas A&M’s Kyle Field.

In event news:

WCRI has released additional details about its annual conference (March 10th-11th) agenda, including a panel on opt-out programs.