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Insight: Cracking down on misclassification, payroll fraud

The year 2017 presents a rare opportunity for the Fraud Unit of the Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration and the Office of Unemployment Insurance,...

Mental health programs for employees are becoming commonplace in the industrial workplace

For an industrial contractor like Turner Industries, safety is paramount. But ensuring safety takes more than sound equipment and well-trained workers. People with mental health...

Insiders identify critical issues for Louisiana industry

To identify and discuss issues they feel will be most impactful, a four-member panel convened last fall at L’Auberge Casino in Baton Rouge during...

Amid intense capital expansion, industry braces for a surge of another kind in 2017—turnarounds

An expected surge in planned maintenance turnarounds across south Louisiana and the Gulf Coast in 2017 could have a minimal impact on manpower needs—or...

Corridor industrial plants faced ‘epic’ challenges after the storm of 2016

It didn’t take long for the record-breaking August deluge of 30-plus inches of rain in and around Baton Rouge—and the flooding that followed—to escalate...

Insight: Tax changes take aim at industry

So I’m a Dow baby. That’s right. Like so many in Louisiana, my dad spent three decades “at the plant,” joining the multinational manufacturer...

SWAT assembles an elite turnaround team and raises the productivity threshold

By 2014, Johnny Holifield and Jimmy Quick had several years of experience under their belts, along with some clearly defined notions about what it...

A lost generation of oil workers leaves few options for next boom

The oil industry is fighting a generation gap. Already contending with a global price slump, U.S. explorers are also grappling with the demographic hangover of...

The first Louisiana Certified Workforce Developer class graduates

The Inaugural Louisiana Certified Workforce Developer (CWD) class was recognized at the June meeting of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, where graduates...

Why worker productivity is in decline and what contractors can do about it

Contractors typically lean upon established industry norms to calculate their expectations for a typical hour’s labor, or productivity rate, but some in the Gulf...

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