Monthly Archives: February 2018

In economic news:

The union membership rate—the percent of wage and salary workers who were members of unions—was 10.7 percent in 2017, the same as in 2016, according to new Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers.

In local news:

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement is investigating the weekend death of a worker on an oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

In economic news:

The broadest measure of labor underutilization (U-6) shows Louisiana at 9.7 percent unemployment, significantly higher than the 8.5 percent rate for the nation.

WCRI FlashReport Imagines Texas-like Formulary in Louisiana

The Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) issued a FlashReport on Tuesday which attempts to show how a Texas-like closed formulary, such as the Work Loss Data Institute’s “Official Disability Guidelines” formulary, might affect the prevalence and costs of drugs prescribed to Louisiana state employees. Louisiana Comp Blog reached out to local stakeholders to get their take on whether or not Louisiana prescribers would respond to a formulary the way Texas has and the way WCRI ponders in the report.

In local news:

LWC, in association with Louisiana Human Resources Development Institute, will host the 2018 Louisiana Labor Summit, March 21-23, at the New Orleans Marriott in New Orleans.

In local news:

Governor John Bel Edwards and Attorney General Jeff Landry have agreed to coordinate efforts in the State of Louisiana’s litigation against opioid manufacturers.

In local news:

WCRI issued a FlashReport on how a Texas-like closed formulary might affect the prevalence and costs of drugs prescribed to Louisiana state employees.

In industry news:

Fifty-eight percent of insurance companies plan to increase staff during the next year, according to a new labor study.