Monthly Archives: May 2019

Senate Labor Passes HB285 on Comp for Police Volunteers

The Louisiana Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee considered HB285 by Rep. Robert Billiot on Thursday morning. HB285 would provide for benefits for volunteer reserve police officers and deputies; to provide medical benefits for injured reserve police officers and deputies; as well as definitions and related matters.

In local news:

Gov. John Bel Edwards and leaders from Ruston-based Hunt Forest Products LLC and Tolko Industries Ltd. of Canada dedicated the new $115 million LaSalle Lumber Company LLC sawmill in the Central Louisiana community of Urania.

In local news:

The Senator Labor and Industrial Relations Committee will meet today upon recess to address one of the only workers’ comp bills that has moved this Legislative Session, HB285 by Representative Billiot.

In economic news:

In 2019, the last of the baby boomers will reach age 55 and transition into age groups with much lower labor force participation rates, according to new Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.

In local news:

LWC will partner with Graphic Packaging to host a hiring event for local-area workers on Friday, May 31st, in Baton Rouge.

In medical news:

New studies from Rand Corp. have concluded that abuse-deterrent formulations for opioid painkillers had the unintended consequence of pushing users to seek heroin instead.

In industry news:

The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have renewed a partnership agreement that outlines how the organizations will collaborate on advancing workplace safety and health over the next five years.