PIA of Louisiana's 72nd Annual Convention
July 25-28, 2015 • Perdido Beach Resort
Orange Beach, AL
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Watch PIA's 10-Year Anniversary of Hurricanes
Katrina and Rita Video

Special PIA "Gathering with Insurance Dignitaries"
During Convention — Help Us Support Our Elected Officials!

This year following our General Session (Annual Business Meeting), we will hold an hour reception with our special guests, which includes some of our elected officials — Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon, Chairman Dan "Blade" Morrish (Senate Insurance Chairman), Chairman Greg Cromer (House Insurance Chairman) and Representative Mike Huval (House Insurance Committee member and fellow insurance agency owner). Since it is an election year, we would like to offer you the opportunity to support these incumbent candidates that have been supportive of our industry and friends to PIA. Please consider making a political contribution to one or all! Just make your check out payable to the name of the candidate with "Campaign Fund" following and send to PIA and we'll make sure to present these checks from you during this special gathering! Any amount is appreciated!

Those attending convention can bring your checks with you and talk one-on-one with the elected officials during this special gathering. Come with your questions and/or ideas of how they can serve our industry better!

We thank you in advance for supporting our efforts...let's have a great reception in support of our elected officials!

National Weather Service Declares
New Orleans "Storm Ready"

The National Weather Service (NWS) has recognized New Orleans as a " storm ready" city, a designation which is good for three years. The city's Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Emergency Preparedness said the recognition comes after a year-long qualifying process, during which the city and its agency "demonstrated its solid communication system and comprehensive, multi-hazard emergency operations plan." The designation also enabled the city to earn points through the National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP's) Community Rating System (CRS), which could lead to lower flood insurance rates for residents.
Upcoming PIA Events
08/04/2015 -- North Shore Chapter Meeting

08/12/2015 -- Baton Rouge Chapter Meeting

08/18/2015 -- CISR William T Hold
(Shreveport, LA)

08/19/2015 -- CISR Dynamics of Service
(Lafayette, LA)

08/20/2015 -- CISR William T Hold
(Baton Rouge, LA)

08/21/2015 -- YIPs 11th Annual Bowl-A-Thon

08/21/2015 -- YIPs 11th Annual Bowl-A-Thon Sponsorship Opportunities

08/26/2015 -- New Orleans Chapter CE Day

08/27/2015 -- CISR Dynamics of Service
(Kenner, LA)

09/01/2015 -- Northeast Chapter Meeting

Virtual Exhibit Hall

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Virtual Exhibit Hall

Hurricane Relief Center
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Hurricane Relief Center

Labor Department's 6-Part Test for Classifying
Employees, Independent Contractors

Agents are constantly facing audits and payroll issues with employees v. independent contractors. Even though there are other testing methods out there, this one may become the standard that companies will use. Agents should be well versed in this distinction to best serve their customer and protect the carrier.

The U. S. Department of Labor has issued a blog post with new guidance on classifying workers as employees or independent contractors under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), an issue that has attraced renewed attention in the on-demand economy.

Misclassification of employees as independent contractors is increasing, "in part reflecting larger restructuring of business organizations," wrote David Weil, the administrator of the DOL's Wage and Hour Division, in his blog post entitled, "The Application of the Fair Labor Standards Act's 'Suffer or Permit' Standard in the identification of Employees Who Are Misclassified as Independent Contractors."

See the full story here.

Federal Aid Programs for the State of Louisiana Declaration

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's disaster declaration issued for the State of Louisiana.

Assistance for the State, Tribal and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

  • Payment of not less than 75 percent of the eligible costs for debris removal and emergency protective measures taken to save lives and protect property and public health. Emergency protective measures assistance is available to state and eligible tribal and local governments on a cost-sharing basis (Source: FEMA funded, state administered.)
  • Payment of not less than 75 percent of the eligible costs for repairing or replacing damaged public facilities, such as roads, bridges, utilities, buildings, schools, recreational areas, and similar publicly owned property, as well as certain private non-profit organizations engaged in community service activities. (Source: FEMA funded, state administered.)
  • Payment of not more than 75 percent of the approved costs for hazard mitigation projects undertaken by state, tribal, and local governments to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural or technological disasters. (Source: FEMA funded, state administered.)
Click here to see how to apply for Assistance.

Thanks to Our 2015 PIA Partners:

American Strategic Insurance (ASI)

Capital Premium Financing

LUBA Workers' Comp

Markel FirstComp

Prime Rate

Stonetrust Commercial Ins. Co.

VIP Software