Monthly Archives: April 2016

In national news:

AIG, Bermuda-based Hamilton Insurance Group and affiliates of hedge fund firm Two Sigma Investments said they have agreed to create a technology-enabled insurance platform for sales to the small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) market.

In neighboring news:

In Mississippi, SB2193, which creates a new license for workers’ comp adjusters similar to the bill under consideration in the Louisiana Legislature, passed.

In national news:

A California worker claims in a federal lawsuit that three of the largest workers’ compensation insurance companies in California illegally hacked over 32,000 confidential workers’ comp files.

In safety news:

The federal government’s final count of fatal occupational injuries in 2014 shows an increase from 2013 – the first one since 2010.

Comp in the Capitol: Adjuster Licensing Bill Moves Forward

Last week, HB 575, seeking to change the status of workers’ comp judges from classified to unclassified, was deferred. The same day, SB 44, a bill delineating certain subrogation rights for employers, won approval from the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council. This week, the group self-insurance fund financial bill faces another Committee hearing and the measure mandating the licensure of workers’ comp adjusters moves to the House. Also, Workers’ Memorial Day will be recognized with a program at the Labor Union Hall in Baton Rouge.

In local news:

A medical marijuana bill expanding covered conditions under a law passed last year that provided for the distribution of cannabis oil in Louisiana passed a major hurdle last week.

In regulatory news:

The CDC and OSHA issued guidance for protecting outdoor workers, health care and laboratory workers, mosquito control workers and business travelers against occupational exposure to the Zika virus.

In neighboring news:

The Oklahoma Attorney General, Scott Pruitt, has requested that the state’s Supreme Court delay making a determination in the Vasquez constitutionality suit.

April WCAC Meeting Included Discussion of Subro Bill and New 1008 Form

The April meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) at the Louisiana Workforce Commission focused mainly on regulatory issues, including Senator Gatti’s pending subrogation bill (SB 44). However, much of the discussion was tied up with the new proposed 1008 and Answer forms, presented by newly appointed Chief Judge Diane Lundeen. Complaints about the draft centered around potential difficulty of use for unrepresented claimants.