Monthly Archives: September 2019

In local news:

The trust fund that covers unemployment benefits for Louisiana workers is projected to reach $1.13 billion for the year ending August 31st, 2020, marking its highest balance in a decade.

In national news:

The U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) has published a Request for Information seeking public input on updating the standards for administering and interpreting medical testing done in connection with claims for benefits under the Black Lung Benefits Act.

In safety news:

OSHA issued a final rule that provides employers with two new fit testing protocols for ensuring that employees’ respirators fit properly.

Comp Attorney Larry Frieman Running for House Seat in District 74

Larry Frieman, an attorney with Juge, Napolitano, Guilbeau, Ruli & Frieman known for workers’ compensation defense work, is running for the open seat in District 74 on the North Shore. The seat is open for the first time since 2007. Louisiana Comp Blog spoke to Frieman about his campaign and what changes he’d like to make if elected.

In local news:

After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Jacques-Imo Café has paid $55,288 in civil money penalties for violating multiple child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

In industry news:

WCRI received a Comp Laude® Award at WorkCompCentral’s Comp Laude® Awards & Gala for its Worker Outcomes Survey Team.