News Bulletins

In safety news:

OSHA issued guidance on preventing the spread of the flu in the workplace. It provides information on the basic precautions to be used in all workplaces and the additional precautions that should be used in healthcare settings. OSHA, as do all government agencies, recommends getting the flu shot.

Read more here.

In neighboring news:

Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier recently issued a Final Order​ granting approval to the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) for a statewide overall rate level decrease of 13.8 percent. This applies to both new and renewal workers’ compensation insurance policies effective in Florida as of January 1, 2019.

Read more here.

In research news:

Gartner Inc.’s recent quarterly Global Talent Monitor survey found that the number of U.S. employees willing to “go above and beyond” at work has dropped by nearly ten percent over the last three years. According to EHS Today, in the report for the second quarter of 2018, only 17.8 percent of workers expressed high levels of discretionary effort, versus 27 percent in the second quarter of 2015.

Read more here.

Upcoming events:

  • RIMS luncheon 11/14 (RSVP: ellencziegel@imtt.com)
  • Baton Rouge Claims Association luncheon 11/14 (RSVP: kshortess@locaclaims.com)
  • IIABR November luncheon 11/8 (Register)
  • OSHA refineries safety classes in Gonzales 12/11,12 and 13 (Register)
  • IIAGNO Past President’s luncheon 12/13 (Register)

In local news:

The fifteenth annual LWCC Kids’ Chance invitational golf tournament raised over $40,000 for the Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) Kids’ Chance Scholarship Program. The program is administered by LBF and provides scholarships to dependent children of Louisiana workers killed or permanently and totally disabled in a workplace accident. Since its inception, the LWCC golf tournament has raised over $485,000, which has contributed to 290 scholarships totaling $664,100 awarded to LBF Kids’ Chance Scholarship recipients.

Read more here.

In national news:

The U.S. Department of Labor announced that it has issued four new opinion letters. The letters address compliance under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and other laws.

Read more here.

In economic news:

There were 7 million job openings on the last business day of September 2018 and about 6.1 million unemployed people in September, according to new Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers. The ratio of unemployed people to job openings was 0.9 in September, the lowest rate recorded in the job openings data, which began in December 2000. The number of unemployed persons per job opening has ranged between 0.9 and 1.1 since January 2018.

Read more here.

Upcoming events:

  • Louisiana Comp Blog’s Comp in Focus luncheon 11/13 (Register)
  • RIMS luncheon 11/14 (RSVP: ellencziegel@imtt.com)
  • Northshore Claims Association luncheon 11/13 (RSVP: nsclaims@gmail.com)
  • Baton Rouge Claims Association luncheon 11/14 (RSVP: kshortess@locaclaims.com)
  • IIABR November luncheon 11/8 (Register)
  • OSHA refineries safety classes in Gonzales 12/11,12 and 13 (Register)
  • IIAGNO Past President’s luncheon 12/13 (Register)

In local news:

NCCI has proposed an overall average workers’ compensation voluntary market loss cost level change of -5.6 percent to become effective May 1st, 2019.

Read more on Comp Blog here.

In industry news:

There were approximately 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2017, which occurred at a rate of 2.8 cases per 100 full-time equivalent workers, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Private industry employers reported nearly 45,800 fewer nonfatal injury and illness cases in 2017 compared to a year earlier, according to estimates from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses.

Read more here.