The GAME ON misclassification task force, which is a relatively new effort by various departments in the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC), has had some significant successes. Louisiana Comp Blog sat down with Renita Ward Williams and Ricky Masaracchia to discuss the task force, and how the public can help ensure a fair playing field for all Louisiana employers and workers.
Gregory Hubachek, of Workers’ Compensation LLC, a law firm representing injured workers, has practiced in the field of workers’ compensation for over two decades and served on the Governor’s Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council since 2009, as well as providing educational presentations for a variety of organizations including LABI, the OWC, and the Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group. In this guest post, Hubachek and D. Kirkhoff Brainard sound off on how Louisiana can remedy its current budget woes by enforcing existing employment laws, and why dedicating resources to the Louisiana Workforce Commission to that end is so vitally important.
The Louisiana Governor’s Safety and Health Conference and Expo, held at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge, offered a variety of opportunities to see the world of health, safety, enforcement and workers’ comp through a multitude of lenses. The conference, which ends today, featured a packed exhibit hall and an array of breakout sessions, allowing participants to customize their experience and continuing education needs. Read on for more details about the sessions, plus photos of the event!
Fraud in any benefits system contributes to improper cost-shifting and negatively impacts bottom lines on both local and national levels. In the world of workers’ comp, fraud comes in many forms: employer misclassification, falsified accidents, misrepresentation of causation, underreporting of payroll, facial noncompliance, etc. Although catching and prosecuting bad actors remains an uphill battle, the Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration doggedly pursues tips with Kaye Fournet (Fraud and Compliance Manager) at the helm. Louisiana Comp Blog sat down with Fournet to get details on the day to day operations of her department – and find out what we can all do to help.