The Louisiana Restaurant Association Self Insurer’s Fund for Workers’ Compensation (LRA SIF) Board of Trustees recently declared a dividend of $2.8 million to eligible plan participants. The LRA SIF specializes in workers’ compensation for Louisiana’s hospitality industry and related businesses.
The LRA SIF celebrates its 36th year in 2018, and inclusive of this dividend, nearly $112 million in surplus and safety dividends have been returned to eligible members. This marks the 30th consecutive year the LRA SIF has declared a surplus in unused premium and interest income that will be returned to members. This surplus will include eligible participants from the fund years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013 and will be paid in April 2018.
The program also announced the Louisiana Department of Insurance has approved premium rate reductions on full service and fast food restaurant classes, as well as convenience stores. This rate reduction is made possible by LRA SIF members’ commitment to improving workplace safety, which lowers claims expense and reduced lost time accidents.
“Our members’ commitment to workplace safety paired with management’s consistent focus on efficient and timely claims handling has resulted in this year’s dividend declaration and our rate reduction,” said Stan Harris, LRA SIF President & CEO. “This will no doubt be welcomed news for our members as they are experiencing significant increases in other aspects of their operations.”
The LRA SIF was created in 1982 to address the workers’ compensation needs of Louisiana’s hospitality industry and is one of the most respected providers of workers’ compensation in the state. To be eligible for a dividend, the member must be in good standing with the LRA and the LRA SIF, and have a loss ratio that is equal to or less than 70 percent as of March 2, 2018. The dividend will be distributed in April 2018.
To obtain a comparison quote or to learn more about how the LRA SIF can help you reduce your workers’ compensation costs, contact your independent insurance agent or the LRA SIF directly at (504) 454-2277 or visit www.LRASIF.org.
Endorsed LRA provider Heartland Payment Systems has released Heartland Hire Solution, a service implemented to help members with the hiring process by finding and tracking applicants, assisting with employee on-boarding, tracking work opportunity tax credits (WOTC) and providing these tax credits to members.
As a token of appreciation for their business, Heartland will provide employee on-boarding free of charge. If members wish to add applicant tracking and WOTC, pricing is substantially more affordable than other services in the marketplace.
Benefits of this service include:
For more information about Heartland Hire Solutions, contact Angela Ihry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 605-940-9861.
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) announced the opening of nominations for their national awards highlighting the stars of the restaurant industry. The awards recognize the restaurant industry’s impact on diversity, community service and hospitality in local communities across the country.
The awards include the Restaurant Neighbor Award, the Faces of Diversity Award and the Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality Award. The winners will be recognized at a gala awards dinner in Washington, D.C. during the National Restaurant Association’s Public Affairs Conference in April 2018.
“In an industry full of opportunity, we look forward to putting a spotlight on the individuals who make a difference every single day,” said Rob Gifford, Executive Vice President of the NRAEF. “We are so proud to honor our nominees and recognize how they’ve changed their communities for the better.”
Now in its 19th year, the Restaurant Neighbor Award, founded in partnership with American Express, honors restaurants and restaurateurs for their philanthropic efforts and dedication to their communities. Each year, three restaurants will receive $10,000 to support a charity or community project.
Now in its 10th year, the Faces of Diversity Awards partners with PepsiCo Foodservice to honor individuals in the restaurant industry who have achieved the American dream through hard work, dedication, and supporting others to do the same.
The Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality Award, sponsored by Ecolab, serves as the premier award for an individual who has shown extraordinary achievement and leadership in the restaurant and hospitality industry.
Applicants and nominees have until November 17, 2017 to apply or nominate individuals for the restaurant industry awards. Visit ChooseRestaurant.org/awards to apply.
Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu provided an update on Tropical Storm Nate and declared a state of emergency for New Orleans. The Mayor advised residents to shelter in place on Saturday and Sunday in preparation for Nate and has not issued a mandatory evacuation at this time. A mandatory curfew will be in effect for New Orleans beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 until Sunday morning.
Nate has taken a significant westward shift, making probable landfall in Southeast Louisiana over the weekend. The chance for tropical storm-force winds has increased. Heavy wind is currently the primary concern for New Orleans through the weekend.
Residents are allowed to park on the neutral ground and sidewalks, as long as vehicles do not block intersections or streetcar tracks.
Residents are encouraged to text “NATE” to 888-777 to receive updates from the City of New Orleans on Tropical Storm Nate.
At this time, a Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect for New Orleans until noon on Sunday, Oct. 8. Coastal flooding is expected as tides are up to two feet above normal tide levels. Potential storm surge flooding is probable through Saturday and Sunday. There is also potential for minor flooding of low-lying roadways outside of the flood protection system, near the Lakefront and in Venetian Isles.
At this time, there is no mandatory evacuation order for New Orleans. However, Mayor Landrieu strongly encourages residents who live outside the City’s levee protection system or in low-lying areas, like Venetian Isles, Irish Bayou and the Lakefront, to move to higher ground. Residents who live inside the levee system should prepare to take shelter with essential supplies including food, water, and medications.
As always during Hurricane Season, residents are reminded to make a plan and to have at least three days’ worth of supplies, including water, food, and medications on hand. To see tips on how to make a plan, click HERE.
City Working with Local, State and Federal Partners on Preparations
Throughout this event, the City is working with local, federal and state partners such as Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), Louisiana National Guard and the Army Corps of Engineers to understand the risks, vulnerabilities, and how the City can keep residents safe, which is its top priority.
Additionally, Mayor Landrieu led a tabletop briefing this morning with the National Weather Service and City officials on Tropical Storm Nate.
The City currently has nearly 40 boats and over 20 high-water vehicles along with other rescue supplies staged at various fire and police stations, as well as four high-water vehicles and two boats stationed at Emergency Medical Services (EMS) headquarters.
Additionally, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) pre-staged 146 brand new barricades in flood-prone areas to prevent drivers from going into areas with high water. These barricades are designed for high visibility and auto traffic. Barricades and equipment are positioned and ready to be put in place at: Downman Road & Haynes Blvd., Gentilly Blvd. & Peoples Ave., Franklin Ave. & I-610 East and West, Gentilly Blvd. & Paris Ave. (Popeyes), Paris Ave. & Gentilly Blvd. (Parisite Skate Park), St. Bernard Ave & I-610 Exit, N. Broad St. & A.P. Turead Ave., Marconi Drive & Roosevelt Mall St., Canal Blvd. & Navarre Ave., Tulane Ave. & S. Carrollton Ave., Metairie Road & Pontchartrain Blvd., Gen. De Gaulle Drive & Hwy. 90, Gen. De Gaulle Drive & Woodland Drive, Press Drive & L. C. Simon Drive, and the I-10 Carrollton Off-Ramp.
The City urges all New Orleans residents and businesses to stay prepared and informed as hurricane season continues. The City is committed to ensuring the safety of all residents, and the public is encouraged to help spread the word and make the entire community better prepared.
Develop a plan in advance to ensure that every family member knows what to do, who to call and where to go during an emergency. For more preparedness tips, click HERE.
Out of an abundance of caution, the City’s emergency and operational departments are conducting preparation measures. Any changes in storm track and intensity could change the impacts for our area, so residents are advised to stay tuned to NOLA Ready and the National Weather Service for updates.
Sandbags will be available at the following New Orleans Fire Department stations 24 hours a day, starting Friday, Oct. 6 at 7 a.m.:
987 Robert E. Lee Blvd.
2000 Martin Luther King Blvd.
4115 Woodland Ave.
2118 Elysian Fields Ave.
5403 Read Road
Update on Drainage System
The Sewerage and Water Board (S&WB) is working closely with New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and the Mayor's office to monitor Tropical Storm Nate. S&WB and its contractors continue to work around the clock to repair all power and pumps to stabilize and strengthen the City's drainage system. Since August, S&WB has repaired six drainage pumps and two turbines. Today, 108 of 120 drainage pumps are fully operational. Turbines 1, 3 and 6 are available for service with additional power being provided by 26 backup generators which were mobilized under emergency declaration. In addition to generators, S&WB has brought in three additional rented pumps, one at DPS 5 and two at DPS 7. Additionally, S&WB is in the process of installing five Electro-Motive Diesel Generators at the Carrollton Water Plant and are scheduled to be available for service in the coming weeks.
Updates on pump availability can be found at www.swbno.org external link.
ENTERGY NEW ORLEANS
While the storm's exact path remains uncertain, Entergy New Orleans is preparing for the possibility of heavy rain and hurricane-force winds, which could lead to power outages in southern Louisiana. Entergy's line crews and contractors are on alert and ready to safely restore service to customers as quickly as possible.
Customers should visit the Entergy Storm Center external link website for planning tools that can help guide you through the decisions you need to make. Operation: Storm Ready external link is a free downloadable guide that helps customers plan and prepare for weather emergencies.
Extended Hours for Catch Basin Cleanings
The Department of Public Works (DPW) increased its manpower to clean and unclog catch basins and flush drain lines 7 a.m.-7 p.m., six days a week. Fourteen vacuum trucks are in service currently, including DPW and its contractors. Since the beginning of 2017, a total of 6,456 catch basins have been cleaned in New Orleans, including 3,516 since August.
In advance of heavy rainfall, remove leaves, grass and other visible debris in front of catch basin openings and nearby, and place lawn clippings in garbage cans and never blow or sweep them down a catch basin. To reduce risk of street flooding, do not park in front of or on a catch basin and do not dispose of anything in a catch basin. Call 311 to report catch basins that are not fully functioning. Avoid lifting a catch basin lid or inserting anything into a catch basin.
Three simple steps to improve drainage:
Hotels and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is monitoring Tropical Storm Nate. If you are traveling in the coming days, please check your airline’s website for any possible delays or cancellations prior to coming to the Airport.
New Orleans hotels remain open. City officials are in contact with hotels and conventions in town through the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau (NOCVB) in order to ensure safety of New Orleans visitors as well as New Orleans residents.
New Orleans Regional Transit Authority
New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is making pre-storm preparations under their hurricane preparedness plan. If winds exceed 25 mph, RTA bus and streetcar services will be discontinued to protect the safety of the riding community. Currently, all buses, streetcars, paratransit vehicles and ferries are operating their regular schedules. Public notice will be sent out detailing service interruptions as weather conditions change.
Visit www.norta.com for more information and follow @NewOrleansRTA on Twitter and Facebook for the most up-to-date information on any RTA storm-related detours, or call the Customer Care Rideline at (504) 248-3900.
Normal Hours for 311
Residents are encouraged to call 311 for general information and to report non-life threatening emergencies. 311 will be open today until 5 p.m., tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and 24 hours starting 7 a.m. Saturday.
Additionally, residents are advised to look for updates regularly posted on ready.nola.gov external link, on Twitter @NOLAReady, and on Facebook @NOLAReady. Sign up for NOLA Ready alerts, which will notify residents of emergency situations, at www.nola.gov/ready/alert/.
On November 18, voters in Baton Rouge will be asked to decide on the outcome of the Visit Baton Rouge Hotel Occupancy Tax Proposition. It will:
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To address the diverse health care needs of the hospitality industry, the Louisiana Restaurant Association (LRA) and the National Restaurant Association (NRA) continue to work with UnitedHealthcare through the hospitality associations alliance program to help provide easier access to health care coverage for hospitality employers, employees and their families.
UnitedHealthcare offers exclusive health care pricing and solutions for every size NRA/LRA member business – including small, midsize and large employers:
Health Care Reform Guidance and Solutions
Amid the ever-changing health care regulatory environment, UnitedHealthcare also helps provide NRA/LRA members with the latest health reform facts, guidance and solutions to navigate potential changes and opportunities. One of its main goals is to offer easier access to cost-effective health care coverage and related products and services to members, while helping them comply with state and federal regulations.
New NRA Association Plan Option for Small Employers – Coming Soon!
A new NRA Health Benefits Association Plan will be available soon to quote as an option for NRA/LRA hospitality member groups. The NRA Association Plan is a health benefits solution insured and serviced by UnitedHealthcare and focused on small employers with 2-99 eligible employees. This solution can offer NRA/LRA members some of the same advantages of large employers regarding more health plan designs for product and potential pricing flexibility. Watch for more details over the next few months.
The NRA and LRA chose to work with UnitedHealthcare because of its wide range of products and services. UnitedHealthcare features an expansive network of more than 1 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide; various online tools and resources; and several wellness programs designed to help improve employee health, productivity and retention. In addition, voluntary benefit programs are available for dental, vision, life and disability insurance products. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group®, a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. UnitedHealth Group is the top ranking company in the insurance and managed care sector on Fortune’s 2017 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list. This is the seventh straight year UnitedHealth Group ranked No. 1 overall in its sector.
This alliance program is designed specifically for the hospitality industry to help meet your health and wellness needs.
Interested in learning more? Visit www.uhctogether.com/lra.
For more information, contact your broker or Amy Hathaway at email@example.com.
Some restrictions and exclusions apply. Discounts are available only to members of the National Restaurant Association and its state restaurant association partners; and may vary by location and group size.
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