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Senate Dems Raise Concerns With Workers Comp Guidelines

October 17, 2017

The 21 members of the mainline Democratic conference in the Senate have signed onto a letter raising concerns with the effort to reform the state’s workers compensation regulations. The changes, passed in the budget this April, were sought by the business community and are designed to save money when a worker is injured on the job. The agreement in the budget, which had been a negotiating point for state Senate Republicans, was the first workers compensation law change in 10 years.

Major revamp of workers comp gets pushback from labor, doctors

September 29, 2017

CRITICS: Worry proposal favors businesses over employees An overhaul of the workers' compensation system is sparking criticism from labor advocates, who argue bureaucrats are trying to slash costs for businesses at the expense of people who were hurt on the job. A set of proposed regulations released Sept. 1 by the New York State Workers Compensation Board is also being questioned by trial lawyers and leaders of the New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Members of that medical group…

New York unions fight proposed workers compensation rules that reduce payments for injured employees

September 11, 2017

State labor leaders are pushing back against a set of proposed Workers Compensation regulations they claim will slash benefits to injured workers. The proposed regulations, which were unveiled by the Workers Compensation Board earlier this month, would drastically reduce payments to workers who’ve suffered diminished use of an arm or leg, union officials claim.

WCA Comments On Proposed Loss Guidelines

September 7, 2017

On Labor Day - of all days - the New York State Workers' Compensation Board issued their proposed Schedule Loss of Use Guidelines which essentially reduces dramatically or eliminates entirely all permanent injury payments for injuries to extremities. Read the blog below and make sure to click through to the response of the WCA to the NYSWCB. Talk to your State representative! http://www.nyworkerscompensationalliance.org/blog

Social Security Offsets in the Proposed U.S. Budget

September 2, 2017

One item in President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget could have a major impact for workers' comp payers: the elimination of the reverse offset in benefits for those who receive both workers' compensation and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

WCA Releases Results of Injured Worker Survey on Schedule Loss Of Use

August 14, 2017

As the Workers’ Compensation Board prepares to release a proposal that is expected to revise its impairment guidelines to slash compensation for permanent injuries to limbs, it is crucial that it hear the voices of injured workers. Between May 16, 2017 and August 3, 2017, the WCA conducted a survey seeking the views of injured workers about their schedule loss of use awards. Over 1,500 injured workers responded to the survey, 847 of whom had a workers’ compensation case that involved a…

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