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New York State to Dramatically Slash Workers’ Compensation

‘Draconian’ changes made in secret ‘will harm families statewide,’ attorney says The state Workers’ Compensation Board published proposed guidelines shortly before midnight on Labor Day weekend outlining changes that would decimate the state’s workers’ compensation system and put thousands of families at risk of ruin, according to attorney Victor Pasternack of Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh...

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Workplace Accident Fatality Rates Rising Among Older Workers

A workplace accident can dramatically impact the lives of workers across all ages and professions. But while on-the-job fatality rates are falling in New York and across the United States, recent statistics indicate that one age group in particular is experiencing an increase in fatality rates: workers age 55 and older. With more and more...

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Hospitals Most Dangerous Job Site for New York City Employees

A new study by Zippia reveals hospitals are the most dangerous worksites for New York employees. New York was also ranked 40th overall in most dangerous states to work in. Employees have a right to expect a reasonably safe workplace under New York law. The New York Workers Compensation Code makes specific provisions for safety...

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OSHA Delays Put New York City Workers in Danger

Every year, government regulatory agencies must make decisions about which safety rules to pursue, and which to abandon. While this is a necessary fact of life for agencies with limited resources, it nonetheless leaves workers exposed to unnecessary dangers in the workplace. In recent months of a changing political climate, there have been even fewer...

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Worker's Compensation Drug Formulary Adopted

The 2017-2018 budget agreement for New York state included numerous workers’ compensation reforms.  Among these reforms is a drug formulary requirement. Legislators cited a number of recent studies showing a drug formulary in workers’ compensation cases could slash costs in New York by nearly 30 percent. That’s big when you consider that, as noted by the...

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New York Workers’ Compensation: Coming-and-Going Rule and Exceptions

Most people don’t give much thought to their daily commute. However, if you are injured on your way to work, you may have a difficult time getting workers’ compensation in New York. That is in large part due to the “coming-and-going” rule. This is a common law principle holding that if you are coming or...

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Study: More Nyc Work Injuries At Companies With High Pressure To Earn

According to a new study published recently in the Journal of Accounting and Economics, the higher the pressure to meet earning quotas, the more likely the odds of workplace injury. Study authors posit a causal relationship between companies that barely meet or just exceed their financial earnings forecasts, comparative to those that missed or exceeded...

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Bill Extends Workers’ Compensation to New York Rideshare Drivers

Rideshare drivers could soon have expanded coverage for work-related injuries, following the passage of New York’s fiscal 2017-2018 budget, which calls for amendments to the Black Car Fund. Further, rideshare services will now be permitted to operate throughout New York, rather than solely in the city. Uber and Lyft drivers are a significant segment born...

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Attorney Matthew Funk New President of New York State Trial Lawyers Association

Attorney Matthew Funk of Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, LLP, will be installed Tuesday, June 13th as President of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA). The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. in New York City. “I’m honored to serve as President of the leading trial lawyers’ association in...

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Unlicensed Contractor Indicted After Fatal Brooklyn Construction Accident

Following a September 2015 collapse that killed a construction worker, an unlicensed contractor is now facing manslaughter, fraud and other charges in connection with the incident. The defendant in the case is Michael Weiss, owner of two companies without contractor licenses, who oversaw a construction project at 656 Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn. According to prosecutors,...

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