Monthly Archives: March 2017

In local news:

U.S. Coast Guard crews are responding to an oil spill southwest of Venice on the lower Mississippi River that left an estimated 840 gallons of crude oil in the water early this morning.

In neighboring news:

The Texas Public Policy Foundation, a research and advocacy group that supports voluntary workers’ comp and opt-out, released a new report analyzing Texas’ nonsubscription model.

In tech news:

Chubb recently announced that it has launched a new online system to help independent agents quote and issue a workers’ compensation policies for small businesses.

OWC Director Sheral Kellar on Revamped Employer Fraud Focus

Under the leadership of Executive Director Ava DeJoie, the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) has taken proactive steps to mitigate employer fraud since her appointment in January of 2016. Although workers’ compensation fraud is often thought of as a problem among injured workers receiving undue benefits, there are other underlying issues at play in the employer sphere.

In national news:

President Trump’s budget proposal would cut funding entirely for the Chemical Safety Board, effectively eliminating the office which issues no penalties or citations but does root out the causes of industrial accidents and provide guidance to employers.

In tech news:

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco gave his final approval to the $27 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit against Lyft.

In legal news:

The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled in Arrant v. Wayne Acree PLS Inc. that an injured worker had the right to an MRI after allowing the 15 day period to appeal the Medical Director’s decision lapse.

In neighboring news:

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has nominated state Representative Mark Formby of Picayune to the three-member Workers Compensation Commission.