Monthly Archives: May 2016

Coverage B: Essential Facts and Why It Could Be a Growing Trend, with Local Attorney Stephen Miles

Coverage B, the secondary part of most workers’ comp policies, does not arise as often as the typical workers’ compensation claim, but when it does the stakes are high. Louisiana Comp Blog sat down with local attorney Stephen Miles of Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver in New Orleans to discuss the details of coverage B, the circumstances under which it becomes relevant, and why these cases could occupy a larger segment of the labor litigation space.

In national news:

U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez is reportedly investigating PartnerSource, a company that provides “opt-out” plans to large employers in Texas and Oklahoma.

In editorial news:

Joe Paduda of Managed Care Matters addressed two new studies in Health Affairs that suggest hospitals are increasingly using workers’ comp as a “profit-maker.”

In local news:

The Danos and Curole Marine Contractors’ Fabrication Division issued a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification in anticipation of a mass layoff at its Morgan City facility.

In global news:

VICE filmmakers Sebastian Weis and Manuel Freundt discovered that Polish shipyards (who supply many countries across Europe) are using North Korean labor en masse, after they obtained an accident report in which a North Korean laborer burned to death.

In legislative news:

Governor Edwards signed an expansion of last year’s medical marijuana measure, which would allow patients with certain conditions access to the drug.