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Want to Know More About the Department of Labor's
Final Rule That Is Effective December 1, 2016?


Sept. 20 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the LABI Conference Center The Department of Labor has announced a final rule that will substantially increase the minimum salary requirement for certain exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The effective date of the final rule is Dec. 1, 2016.

The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) invites you to learn how to prepare for the final overtime rules at a free seminar Sept. 20 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the LABI Conference Center, located at 3113 Valley Creek Drive in Baton Rouge.

Greg Guidry, a wage and hour labor attorney with Ogletree Deakin's law firm in Lafayette, will lead the discussion and question and answer period. Licensed to practice in Louisiana and Texas, Guidry has successfully represented management throughout the United States in all aspects of labor and employment law, including advice, training, prevention tactics and litigation for more than 35 years.

Seminar Overview

Who Should Attend:
  • Small business owners
  • HR managers
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Governmental Entities
  • Anyone with an employee that is exempt or will potentially be exempt
What You Will Learn:
  • Small business owners
  • HR managers
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Governmental Entities
  • Anyone with an employee that is exempt or will potentially be exempt
What You Will Learn:
  • What makes a position nonexempt or exempt according to overtime laws;
  • What overtime laws will change;
  • How to properly classify positions;
  • Record-keeping methods; and
  • Efficient solutions to meet business needs.

Check Out This Important Information for Agents
from the Department of Insurance

  1. Advisory Letter 2016-02 Mandatory Registration by Producer Agencies

  2. Age 65 CE Exemption

  3. This past Legislative Session, PIA was instrumental in getting the Age 65 CE Exemption back into the law. Insurance producers may request an exemption from continuing education requirements if the producer meets these requirements:

    • is age 65
    • has a minimum of 15 years experience as a licensed producer
    • is either (a) no longer actively engaged in the business of insurance or is (b) engaged in the business of insurance and is appointed by at least one Louisiana licensed insurance company.

    To request this exemption a producer must complete the 65A Exemption Form and return it to the Department.

Upcoming PIA Events
08/23/2016 -- CISR Elements of Risk

08/24/2016 -- New Orleans Chapter CE Day

08/30/2016 -- CPIA-1 Position for Success
(Kenner, LA)

09/07/2016 -- New Orleans Chapter Meeting

09/07/2016 -- CISR Personal Lines Misc.
(Baton Rouge, LA)

09/08/2016 -- CISR Personal Lines Misc.
(Kenner, LA)

09/13/2016 -- CISR Personal Lines Misc.
(Shreveport, LA)

09/13/2016 -- Northeast Chapter Meeting

09/14/2016 -- Northwest Chapter Meeting

09/14/2016 -- Baton Rouge Chapter Meeting

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Flood Risks Are Changing In Orleans Parish, LA — Important
Information for Agents Serving Orleans Parish, LA

Orleans Parish, in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is reaching an important milestone in its effort to identify flood risk. FEMA initially released preliminary digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for communities and Parishes within the Greater New Orleans area — Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, and St. Charles. Working to use the most current data and the latest modeling and digital mapping technologies, FEMA has moved this update forward. In March 2016, a Letter of Final Determination was issued for the Greater New Orleans metropolitan area, including portions of Orleans Parish. This means that the proposed FIRMs for your community are finalized and will become the effective maps on September 30, 2016.

Be Prepared When Clients Call: Join Us for an Insurance Workshop!
Orleans Parish has partnered with FEMA to hold an insurance workshop in your area. Flood insurance agents, real estate professionals, lenders, builders, and surveyors are encouraged to attend to gain a better understanding of where the changes are occurring on the new flood maps; the Newly Mapped Procedure and Grandfather rating options; Policy Conversion and retaining customers whose risk is reduced; impacts of reform legislation and upcoming changes to the NFIP; and using new tools and resources to assist you.

There is no charge for this 2-hour workshop and we encourage you to share information about this event with other flood insurance agents, lenders, surveyors, builders and real estate professionals. Space is limited, so mark your calendar and click the registration link to attend the Insurance Workshop.

Friday, August 26 from 1-3 p.m. (Doors open at 12:30 p.m.)
City Council Chamber
City Hall
1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112

Register to attend this Workshop at: http://orleansinsuranceworkshop.eventbrite.com

Your clients will view you as an important resource to accurately explain their changing flood risks. So, plan to attend one of these important Workshops to become better prepared when your clients call. For more information about flood insurance, visit Agents.FloodSmart.gov.

U.S. Hits Record 129 Months Since Last Major Hurricane Strike

Data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) indicates that no major hurricane has made landfall in the continental United States for a record-breaking 129 months. The last major hurricane to make landfall on the continental United States was Hurricane Wilma, which hit Florida on Oct. 24, 2005, or 129 months ago.

The 2016 hurricane season officially opened on June 1 and ends on Nov. 30, and it is expected to be "near normal," with more hurricane activity than last year's "below normal" season, according to NOAA's 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook. The agency also predicts that there will be 10 to 16 named storms this season, including four to eight hurricanes and one to four major hurricanes. Due to several "competing climate factors" this year, "there is reduced confidence in predicting whether the season will be above normal or below normal," says NOAA.

August is PIA Advocacy Month!

Every August, Congress recesses for a month so their members can head home to their districts to spend time with their constituents. To capitalize on the August recess, PIA National turns the focus of its advocacy to the home districts and states of elected representatives, and asks PIA members to meet with their members of Congress during August.

PIA Advocacy Month is a great opportunity for PIA members to build on, or begin to build a relationship with their elected officials. Many PIA members who have participated in the Federal Legislative Summit (FLS) will follow up with their member of Congress by participating in PIA Advocacy Month and maintaining a direct connection.

PIA has many resources available on our website at http://www.pianet.com/grassroots/pia-advocacy-month such as talking points, position statements, and tips to how to have a successful meeting, to help members prepare and to have a productive meeting with their member of Congress. If you are interested in visiting with your Congressman or Senator, please contact Natalie Cooper at the PIA office by emailing her at natalie@piaoflouisiana.com.

Thanks to Our 2016 PIA Partners:

American Strategic Insurance (ASI)

Capital Premium Financing

LUBA Workers' Comp

Markel FirstComp

Prime Rate Premium Finance Corporation

Stonetrust Commercial Ins. Co.