Welcome to this month’s edition of Comp Medical News. Hog slaughter outrage, naloxone, and cannabis health claims are your headlines for September 2019.
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.
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.
OSHA issued a final rule that provides employers with two new fit testing protocols for ensuring that employees’ respirators fit properly.
The Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council hosted its September meeting Thursday, September 26th, in Baton Rouge. Agenda items included a new member, legislative changes to the statutes governing independent medical evaluations, and processes for updating the Medical Fee Reimbursement Schedule.
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.
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.
A new S&P Global report indicates that workers’ comp insurers lost premiums in the first half of 2019.
WCRI received a Comp Laude® Award at WorkCompCentral’s Comp Laude® Awards & Gala for its Worker Outcomes Survey Team.