Category Archives: Features

Panel Talks Attracting Local Tech Talent at 2018 LWC Labor Summit

The 2018 LWC Labor Summit in New Orleans March 21-23 is meant to bring a variety of sectors in Louisiana together to discuss issues ranging from workers’ compensation to safety to recruitment. On Wednesday, a panel of experts from tech companies with a Louisiana footprint discussed the “talent pipeline” and how the technology workforce in Louisiana can grow. Two aspects of this growth that the panel addressed repeatedly were recruitment challenges and non-traditional candidates for tech jobs.

Comp in the Capitol 2018: Small Group of Workers’ Comp Bills Filed

The 2018 Regular Legislative Session began on March 12th at noon. Several workers’ comp bills have been filed for this Session, including one which would open carriers up to tort liability if they unreasonably deny medical treatment. Notably, no bill has yet been filed that would establish a closed pharmacy formulary for workers’ comp. Formularies akin to Texas’ system were a hot topic in the last two Legislative Sessions.

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.

OWC Educational Conference Provides Inside Look at Current Status of La. Medical Marijuana

The Louisiana Office of Workers’ Compensation hosted its eighth annual Educational Conference at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge, February 1st and 2nd. Included in the dynamic program was an update on the status of Louisiana’s new medical marijuana program, featuring the state Senator who spearheaded the effort, and the LSU Ag Center doctor overseeing the cultivation of the product.

Insurance Auditors Association of Louisiana Launches with Aim of Closing Talent Gap

Insurance Auditors Association of Louisiana (IAALA), which was officially established in July 2016, is now collecting contact information from interested parties and will open membership and announce local events later this year. Louisiana Comp Blog spoke with Nancy Hebert, Audit Department Manager at LCI Workers’ Comp, to get details on the goals of the Louisiana chapter and its plans to put education of the younger generation at the forefront of its mission.

World Economic Forum Report Points Toward “Reskilling” in the Face of Tech

The World Economic Forum (WEF), which meets this week in Davos, Switzerland, released its latest report Monday – Towards a Reskilling Revolution, A Future of Jobs for All. The report, which was conducted in collaboration with The Boston Consulting Group and utilizes 2016 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, predicts dire consequences for women and less educated workers who do not get the training they need before 2026. Further, workers’ comp carriers will likely need to “reskill” themselves as automation permanently reduces payroll.