Monthly Archives: March 2017

In economic news:

New employment gains and losses numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) paint a grim picture for Louisiana, which remains in the throes of an oil bust that has been slow to improve.

In neighboring news:

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has re-appointed Jessica Barta to the Injured Employee Public Counsel for a term set to expire February 1st, 2019.

In research news:

A study on the use of spinal fusion surgeries in California workers’ compensation shows that in 60 percent of spinal fusion claims the initial report of injury was for a sprain or strain.

March WCAC Meeting: MTGs Reform Halted, New Draft Second Injury and OWCA Records Forms

The March meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) featured new draft forms for the Second Injury Fund and workers’ compensation claims records, as well as discussion of the latest developments in the Barber case and how the Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWCA) is responding to the pending case.

In national news:

Los Angeles County prosecutors have refiled criminal charges against a dozen people accused of taking part in an alleged $150 million workers’ compensation insurance fraud scheme.

In safety news:

Using the Congressional Review Act, Congress has passed a measured to rescind an OSHA rule that requires companies with more than 10 employees to keep injury records for five years.

In regulatory news:

An initial draft of the Louisiana Commission on Preventing Opioid Abuse recommendations due to the Legislature on April 1st was circulated yesterday.

In national news:

The confirmation hearing for U.S. Department of Labor Secretary nominee Alex Acosta was held yesterday in the Senate HELP Committee.

In economic news:

Bastrop and Natchitoches in North Louisiana have been named among the nation’s top 100 micropolitans for economic development.