Monthly Archives: November 2017

In local news:

South Africa-based company Sasol has dropped plans to build an $11 billion to $14 billion U.S. plant in Mossville, just outside of Lake Charles, to convert natural gas to liquid fuels and to pull out of Canadian shale, citing low oil prices and a volatile market.

In neighboring news:

A century-old insurance agency in Kerrville, Texas, has received Insurance Journal’s Bronze Award for the magazine’s “Best Agency to Work For in 2017.”

In tech news:

A new report from Healthcare Finance News found that hospitals can reap considerable benefits from providing telemedicine.

In medical news:

The FDA on Tuesday issued a final guidance document to help companies develop generic versions of approved abuse-deterrent opioids.

In regulatory news:

To allow affected employers additional time to become familiar with a new electronic reporting system launched on August 1st, 2017, OSHA has extended the date by which employers must electronically report injury and illness data through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) to December 15th, 2017.

In national news:

Oxycontin maker Purdue Pharma is proposing a global settlement in an attempt to end state investigations and lawsuits (including several in Louisiana) over the U.S. opioid epidemic.

In national news:

The federal government has paid more than $17 million in taxpayer money over the last 20 years to resolve claims of sexual harassment, overtime pay disputes and other workplace violations filed by employees of Congress.

In national news:

The U.S. Department of Labor, under DOL Secretary Alexander Acosta, has released its five-year strategic plan including OSHA’s strategic objectives for the next four years.