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New York State Department of Health Announces Opioid Replacement Now a Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana

July 12, 2018

Emergency Regulations Effective Immediately Temporary ID Cards Will be Available for Certified Patients to Purchase Products More Quickly ALBANY, NY (July 12, 2018) - The New York State Department of Health today announced the filing of emergency regulations adding any condition for which an opioid could be prescribed as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana. Effective immediately, registered practitioners may certify patients to use medical marijuana as a replacement for opioids,…

Board proposes cutting workers' comp rate by 11.7 percent

May 18, 2018

Department of Financial Services would need to approve rate. Workers' compensation premiums will likely fall 11.7 percent this year, a figure that's more than double last year's decline. The New York Compensation Insurance Rating Board is recommending the cut, which would need approval from the state Department of Financial Services. DFS has until July 15 to approve or disapprove the decrease, which would take effect Oct. 1.

Kathryn M Kirsch Joins 2018 Lawyers of Distinction

January 12, 2018

The Lawyers of Distinction is pleased to announce that Kathryn M Kirsch of Buffalo, New York has been certified as a member. The Lawyers of Distinction is recognized as the fastest growing community of distinguished lawyers in the United States. Lawyers of Distinction shall not offer membership to more than 10% of attorneys in any given state. Members are accepted based upon objective evaluation of an attorney’s qualifications, license, reputation, experience, and disciplinary history.

NYS Assembly Dems oppose proposed state workers' comp changes

November 3, 2017

“During the recent budget negotiations to create savings in the New York State Workers’ Compensation system, the Assembly majority emphasized that any savings to the system would only be acceptable as long as injured workers were not negatively impacted. We are disappointed to see that the proposed guidelines and proposed regulations do just that,” the Assembly Dems said in a letter to Workers Compensation Board Chairwoman Clarissa Rodriguez.

Proposed workers’ comp changes would hurt workers

October 20, 2017

For more than 100 years, our workers’ compensation system has protected workers injured on the job by providing immediate wage replacement and medical benefits without the need for a costly lawsuit. Now the obscure state agency that runs the workers’ compensation system in New York is proposing to cut benefits and eliminate essential legal protections for workers—changes that would devastate workers while lining employers’ pockets.

Groups push back against Workers' Compensation changes

October 19, 2017

Union-backed groups want board to revisit proposed new rules

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