§ 1172. Criminal penalties

1172. Criminal penalties

A. Any employer who willfully fails to provide security for compensation required by R.S. 23:1168 shall be subject to a fine of up to two hundred fifty dollars per day that the employer willfully failed to provide security for compensation or imprisonment with or without hard labor for not more than one year, or both such fine and imprisonment. All fines collected shall be deposited in the Office of Workers' Compensation Administrative Fund established in R.S. 23:1291.1(E).

B. Evidence of two prior penalties assessed by the Louisiana Workforce Commission pursuant to R.S. 23:1170 and 1171 in any given three-year period shall constitute a prima facie case of a willful violation.

C. (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 R.S. 23:1168.

(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.

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