Monthly Archives: August 2016

In industry news:

Property/Casualty insurers in North America saw their operating income decline by double digits in the first half of 2016, as investment income plunged and catastrophe losses rose.

In research news:

WCRI released a new study, Hospital Outpatient Payment Index: Interstate Variations and Policy Analysis, 5th Edition, that compares hospital outpatient payments across states and monitors the impact of fee schedule reforms – Louisiana and Wisconsin are at the top.

In editorial news:

Nick Fox of the Laborers’ Health & Safety Fund of North America and Travis Parsons, the OSH Division’s Senior Safety & Health Specialist penned an editorial arguing that “right to work” laws decrease safety standards in states that have them, and cause an increase in workplace injuries and fatalities.

In local news:

Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux reviewed actuarial reports from the New Orleans Firefighters’ Pension and Relief Fund.

In national news:

The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeal recently issued an opinion that attempts to further clarify when workers should be paid for donning and doffing equipment (including safety gear) before and after their shifts.