Assignment of Accounts Receivable – Trap for the Unwary

Six Factors to Consider When Choosing A Mediator

By Susan F. Clade

In economic times such as these, many employers find their need for workers in a state of flux. As a result, employers sometimes resort to hiring temporary and/or out-of-state workers who may or may not have the requisite training, skills and experience. Under Louisiana law, it is essential that employers have worker’s compensation insurance in place to cover any job-related injuries or illnesses suffered by their workers, whether permanent or temporary, full-time or part-time. In Louisiana an employer may purchase such insurance from an insurer or it may be self-insured, which requires proof of the employer’s financial ability to pay benefits as well as state certification. Without worker’s compensation insurance, an employer can be sued by an injured employee in tort for damages which can significantly exceed the amounts the worker would be entitled to in worker’s compensation benefits. Worker’s compensation insurance limits an injured employee’s recovery and, therefore, protects both the employer and the employee.

In this issue:

  • Worker's Compensation Insurance - A Necessity
  • NOLA VII Artist-Activist Retreat and benefit concert
  • Six Factors to Consider When Choosing a Mediator
  • Assignment of Accounts Receivable - Trap for the Unwary
  • Inside the Firm

View the April 2011 Issue Here (pdf)

Susan F. Clade, who serves on the board of the non-profit group Sweet Home New Orleans, recently attended the NOLA VII Artist-Activist Retreat and benefit concert. The retreat was hosted by two national non-profit organizations serving the music community: Air Traffic Control (“ATC”), a resource for managers and musicians interested in creating social change collaborations between and among themselves and other organizations; and Future of Music Coalition (“FMC”), an education, research and advocacy organization that identifies, examines and explains the challenging issues at the intersection of music, law, technology and policy for musicians and citizens.

The Louisiana Super Lawyers 2011 list includes H. Bruce Shreves in the overall top 10. Denise C. Puente is listed in the top 25 Louisiana women attorneys and Jay H. Kern is listed under New Orleans Construction/ Surety lawyers.

Visit the Super Lawyers website to view the lists.

David Bienvenu recently presented at the 7th World City Bar Leaders Conference in Montreal, Canada on the involvement of lawyers in disaster relief efforts. His co-panelists were Eiji Yamahara of the International Committee of the Tokyo Bar Association and Christiane Feral-Schuhl, President Elect of the Bar of Paris.

View Mr. Bienvenu's full bio here.

The Louisiana State Bar Association recently presented the David A. Hamilton 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award to SPS&R partner David F. Bienvenu. The Award recognizes a Louisiana attorney who demonstrates a commitment to the provision of legal services to the poor, has made significant contributions to enhance the pro bono movement in Louisiana over their lifetime, and has shown significant leadership and service on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised. The Award was presented at a ceremony at the Louisiana Supreme Court.

View Mr. Bienvenu's full bio here.

David Bienvenu will speak on Professionalism at upcoming LSBA Multi-Topic Seminar in New York on November 20th.

View Mr. Bienvenu's full bio here.

David Bienvenu has been appointed Chair of the ABA Special Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness.

View Mr. Bienvenu's full bio here.

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