Monthly Archives: January 2018

In local news:

Free training workshops designed to help River Parish residents launch careers in the film industry will be held on Wednesday, January 31st at 10 AM and 6 PM at the Edward Dufresne Community Center in Luling.

In neighboring news:

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that oil and natural gas companies can be sued when a worker is killed or injured on the job.

In national news:

The U.S. union membership rate – the percent of wage and salary workers who were members of unions – was unchanged at 10.7 percent in 2017.

World Economic Forum Report Points Toward “Reskilling” in the Face of Tech

The World Economic Forum (WEF), which meets this week in Davos, Switzerland, released its latest report Monday – Towards a Reskilling Revolution, A Future of Jobs for All. The report, which was conducted in collaboration with The Boston Consulting Group and utilizes 2016 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, predicts dire consequences for women and less educated workers who do not get the training they need before 2026. Further, workers’ comp carriers will likely need to “reskill” themselves as automation permanently reduces payroll.

In national news:

Experts say that 2017 was the year that labor lawyers rushed to reach settlements in big cases before “the Trump effect.”

In neighboring news:

The bodies of five people killed in an Oklahoma oil well explosion were recovered on Tuesday afternoon in a building adjacent to the drilling site outside of Quinton, Oklahoma.

In industry news:

NCCI recently announced the release of a new update Alternative Workers’ Compensation Mechanisms, or “What’s Happening With Opt-Out?”

In economic news:

The United States economy is projected to grow 2.7 percent this year, according to an International Monetary Fund report released Monday.

In safety news:

Homicides accounted for 10 percent of all fatal occupational injuries in the United States in 2016, according to new Bureau of Labor Statistics analysis.

In editorial news:

Roberto Ceniceros, workers’ comp columnist for Risk & Insurance, recently wrote about automation and how workers’ comp stakeholders may not have as much to worry about as previously thought.