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      RS 23:1172.1     


§1172.1. Willful misrepresentation by employer; aiding or abetting; criminal penalties; civil immunity

            A. It shall be unlawful for any employer in writing to willfully misrepresent to any person that he has provided or provides security for compensation as required by R.S. 23:1168.

            B. It shall be unlawful for any person, whether present or absent, directly or indirectly, to aid and abet an employer, or directly or indirectly counsel an employer to willfully misrepresent that the employer has provided or provides security for compensation as required by R.S. 23:1168.

            C. Whoever violates any provision of this Section shall be imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not less than one year nor more than ten years, or fined up to two hundred fifty dollars per day that the employer willfully failed to provide security for compensation, or both. All fines collected shall be deposited in the Office of Workers' Compensation Administrative Fund established in R.S. 23:1291.1(E).

            D.(1) No person acting gratuitously and without malice, fraudulent intent, or bad faith, shall be subject to civil liability for libel, slander, or any other relevant tort, and no civil cause of action of any nature shall exist against such person or entity by virtue of the filing of reports or furnishing of other information, either orally or in writing, relative to a violation by any person of the provisions of this Section.

            (2) The grant of immunity provided by this Subsection shall not abrogate or modify in any way any statutory or other privilege or immunity otherwise enjoyed by such person or entity.

            Acts 1993, No. 828, §1, eff. June 22, 1993; Acts 1995, No. 1129, §1, eff. June 29, 1995; Acts 2010, No. 288, §1; Acts 2018, No. 612, §7, eff. July 1, 2020; Acts 2018, No. 12, §1, eff. June 30, 2018; Acts 2019, No. 404, §1, eff. July 1, 2020.

            NOTE: See Acts 2018, No. 612 and Acts 2019, No. 404 providing for the effects of the conversion of certain dedicated funds to special statutorily dedicated fund accounts.

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