Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration Director Sheral Kellar issued an additional public notice via email regarding the potential shift of the OWCA statutory dedicated fund from a fund to fees and self-generated revenue.
The 2018 Regular Legislative Session began on March 12th at noon. Most of the workers’ comp bills filed have been frozen out in order for legislators to focus on other priorities, like Louisiana’s budget issues.
The Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC), which met April 26th in Baton Rouge, voted on several bills, including Senator Luneau’s bill (which has already gotten through Senate Labor) that would require a hearing from a workers’ comp judge before benefits can be terminated for failure to attend a second medical examination or cooperate with vocational rehabilitation.
The 2018 Regular Legislative Session began on March 12th at noon. Most bills involving workers’ comp have not moved this session, but one HB 536 which would require a hearing from a workers’ comp judge before benefits can be cut off for a missed second medical opinion, did make it out of Committee last week.
The 2018 Regular Legislative Session began on March 12th at noon. New bills have been added to this list including one that would make changes to medical examinations and one that would add new conditions to Louisiana’s existing medical marijuana program.
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, which was recently involuntarily deferred in Committee after heated testimony.
Despite the fact that the Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWCA), AFL-CIO, and other concerned parties submitted comments or testified against the motion at the meeting of the Ad Hoc Dedicated Fund Review Subcommittee of Joint Budget on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018, the subcommittee is sticking by its recommendation to reclassify the OWCA statutory dedicated fund as self-generated fees and revenue.
Governor John Bel Edwards gave an impassioned speech to 2018 Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) Labor Summit attendees on Friday, March 24th, lauding Louisiana’s unemployment numbers, but encouraging public servants and citizens generally not to forget how far Louisiana must go to create equitable employment opportunities for all.
The 2018 Regular Legislative Session began on March 12th at noon. The WCAC weighed in during its March meeting on the most of the workers’ comp-related legislation filed for this session, but few bills have moved so far. The Legislature is largely focused Louisiana’s continued budgetary woes.
The WCAC, which met in New Orleans on March 23rd during the 2018 Louisiana Workforce Commission Labor Summit, voted on a series of workers’ comp-related bills that have been filed for the 2018 Regular Session. A main part of the WCAC’s mission is to vote favorably or unfavorably on legislative instruments before they reach Committee.