News Bulletins

In safety news:

Preliminary data released today by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) shows that the Baton Rouge metropolitan statistical area (MSA) has set another nonfarm employment record at 415,200 jobs for November 2019. The Hammond MSA is also at record nonfarm employment at 46,700 jobs.

Read more from the Louisiana Workforce Commission here.

In economic news:

A recent Beyond the Numbers report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics looks at teacher’s job requirements, employer costs, and benefits.

Read more here.

In tech news:

The latest episode of AM BestTV features a discussion of web-based software and how it is transforming insurers’ business.

Watch here.

In industry news:

WCRI released a new FlashReport: How Do Claim Costs, Components of Costs, and Worker Outcomes Differ by Age? The report is aimed at addressing potential issues in managing claims as the workforce ages.

Read more here.

In economic news:

The latest Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) “Beyond the Numbers” report focuses on grocery productivity. Using BLS data, the article assesses “trends in employment and hours to show how all of these factors influenced labor productivity in grocery stores.”

Read more here.

In safety news:

OSHA updated its Winter Weather web page with preparation tips for working outside in cold conditions around the country.

Read more here.

In local news:

Gov. John Bel Edwards and Supreme Rice President and CEO Bobby Hanks announced a $20 million expansion of the rice mill’s facilities in Crowley, Louisiana. Supreme Rice is the largest rice-milling operation in Louisiana. According to the press release, with this expansion, the company will retain 150 employees across Louisiana, including 105 at the Crowley site. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the Crowley mill supports an additional 374 indirect jobs, for a total of more than 475 jobs in Acadiana and surrounding areas.

In medical news:

The FDA has announced the Compounding Quality Center of Excellence – an initiative designed to enhance collaboration among and provide educational programs for outsourcing facilities aimed at improving the overall quality of compounded medicines.

Read more here.

In neighboring news:

The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation announced that a Houston medical facility pled guilty in a Travis County District Court to workers’ compensation fraud and was ordered to pay $30,000 in restitution.

Read more here.

In industry news:

NCCI released its year-end court case update.

Read more here.