Monthly Archives: October 2017

In national news:

President Trump will order his health secretary to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency today – but will stop short of declaring a more sweeping state of national emergency as his opioid commission previously recommended.

In neighboring news:

A Travis County grand jury in Texas has indicted EME International, Inc. and three individuals on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity for overbilling for exams of injured employees.

EEOC Research Reveals Plague of Harassment in the American Workplace, Workers’ Comp Implications?

Research from a 95-page 2016 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) report indicates that 75 percent of workplace harassment victims experienced retaliation when they reported it, which can create grounds to legally pursue an employer. The comprehensive study of workplace harassment in the United States concluded further that “anywhere from 25 percent to 85 percent of women report having experienced sexual harassment in the workplace” and that the problem is massively underreported.

In regulatory news:

NCCI has released a circular containing its projected +0.4 percent loss cost increase for the state of Louisiana’s voluntary workers’ comp market, effective May 1st, 2018.

In economic news:

Thumbtack awarded Louisiana a grade of A+ in its 2017 report card on small business friendliness, ranking the state No. 4 in the U.S. for its supportive small business environment.

In economic news:

Median weekly earnings of the nation’s 114.9 million full-time wage and salary workers were $859 in the third quarter of 2017, according to new Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers.

In industry news:

In the 2017 edition of the annual report, Plotting a Path in a Changing Market, reinsurance intermediary Guy Carpenter & Co. describes a dynamic insurance industry facing a changing economy and pressure in once-stable lines.