Monthly Archives: February 2016

In local news:

Alcoa Global Primary Products issued a Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification (WARN) announcing layoffs in its Calcined Coke Operations plant in Lake Charles.

In neighboring news:

A three-judge panel of the Texas 1st District Court of Appeal unanimously overturned a summary judgment denying a Texas man workers’ comp benefits for a traumatic brain injury based on a too narrow definition of “imbecility.”

In national news:

A new Reuters report found that employees of U.S. companies seeking to avoid exposure to the Zika virus likely have few legal avenues to either refuse travel to affected areas or sue if they actually become sick from the virus.

In national news:

A California doctor convicted of murder for prescribing unnecessary painkillers has been sentenced to spend 30 years to life in state prison.

In tech news:

Automation could leave up to 25 percent of the insurance industry’s current full-time positions consolidated or replaced over the next decade.

In local news:

Louisiana Workforce Commission Executive Director Ava Dejoie announced that the agency set a record for the second consecutive year in identifying the number of workers improperly classified as independent contractors in 2015.

In safety news:

A report from a U.S. Senator’s office says OSHA is unable to hold corporate executives personally accountable for safety disasters because of a lack of legal tools at the government’s disposal.

In national news:

More details about the texting scandal in which the sponsor for the Tennessee workers’ comp opt out (or “Option”) bill sent inappropriate messages to several staffers have emerged.

In local news:

A federal bankruptcy judge has ruled workers employed by members of the now-defunct Louisiana Oilfield Contractors Association self-insurance fund can pursue their employers for their comp claims. However, the pending proceedings of the fund’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy will prevent them from seeking redress from other members of the fund.