Monthly Archives: December 2017

In national news:

Hotels are facing increased scrutiny over employee safety as the nation grapples with the prevalence and severity of sexual harassment and assault in the workplace.

In safety news:

A new report found that 62 percent of contractors are not utilizing emerging tech to improve workplace safety.

In MSA news:

CMS has alerted users that as of December 11th, 2017, CMS will begin using the Table 1: Life Table for the total population: United States, 2014.

Editorial: Gary Kern, in Defense of the Second Injury Fund

In the following editorial, Gary Kern of RiskSAVERS LLC addresses criticisms of the Second Injury Fund, its functionality and its assessments. Kern believes that despite its problems, we owe it to small employers and workers who have previously experienced an injury to have the Second Injury Fund in place in Louisiana.

In local news:

According to the Baton Rouge Business Report, law firms in Baton Rouge are jockeying for position to represent the city in its opioid lawsuit against several pharmaceutical companies.

In economic news:

The unemployment rate held at 4.1 percent in November 2017, down by 0.5 percentage point since November 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In local news:

Beginning in January, job seekers in South Louisiana can take advantage of a new program designed to usher participants into electrical line maintenance careers in six months or less.

In neighboring news:

Texas Workers’ Compensation Commissioner, Ryan Brannan, has lifted a bulletin that had guidance on deadlines and procedures for insurance carriers in response to Hurricane Harvey.

In medical news:

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s committee will present ways to lower pharmaceutical drug prices to Congress today.