Monthly Archives: October 2016

In local news:

Several speakers will host a continuing legal education seminar for workers’ comp attorneys at the Harbor Master Catering Hall in Metairie on November 18th.

In medical news:

NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune profiled the efforts of Dr. Mordecai Potash, a psychiatrist and pain management specialist seeking to change the way chronic pain is treated and the fight the opioid epidemic.

In safety news:

More analysis of the recent Bureau of Labor Statistics workplace injury and illness data reveals that the rate of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in the U.S. has dropped in 2015 by the largest amount since 2009.

In continuing news:

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has no plans to draft its own legislative fix for rising workers’ compensation rates

In regulatory news:

Occupational injury and illness data released yesterday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed a significant drop in the rate of recordable workplace injuries and illnesses in 2015.

In educational news:

Experts from the fourth annual Workers’ Compensation Benchmarking Study will share 2016 results, including which best practices are proving to be clear differentiators amongst claims organizations, at a free webinar.

WCAC Meeting Clarifies Priorities Under New Administration, Pushes Consensus

The first Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) meeting since April 2016 was held at the Department of Insurance in Baton Rouge this week. Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWCA) Director Sheral Kellar introduced the new members of the Council as appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards and spoke about the results of the OWCA’s September “Town Hall Meetings” across the state.

LUBA Leadership Reacts to Best Rating Reaffirmation in Tough Market

Recently, A.M. Best announced that it affirmed Baton Rouge-based LUBA Workers’ Comp’s A- (Excellent) Financial Strength Rating, in the face of a persistently soft local and national market for comp. Given the good news, we spoke to Mike DePaul, a CPA and COO of LUBA, along with LUBA Communications Director Kelli Troutman, about how the company has maintained its footing.

LCIA Hosts Event on FLSA – New Overtime Regulations Go Into Effect 12/1/16

LCIA – the member services arm of LCI Workers’ Comp – hosted an “HR in the AM” breakfast event Wednesday for member insureds of the group self-insurance fund, as well as unaffiliated local small businesses. The event homed in on major changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime rules, which will go into effect on December 1st, 2016. To head off confusion about how businesses could be impacted, LCIA invited New Orleans-based attorney Terese M. Bennett to speak on the issue and point employers toward relevant resources.