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Straight Talk About New York Workers’ Comp. Insurance Rates

There is always a lot of talk about what causes workers’ comp. insurance costs to increase or decrease. With all the talk lately about cost increases, it seems a good time for some straight talk about the price you pay for workers’ comp. insurance. A simple explanation is that the amount...

NY: Federal Judge Issues Temporary Restraining Order on Governor's Furlough Plan

NEW YORK, NY - U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Kahn issued a temporary restraining order on Wednesday, blocking the Governor's plan for imposed furloughs on about 100,000 state workers. Source: wnyc.org

NY: Senate Passes Workplace Bullying Bill

ALBANY, NY - The New York Daily News reports that the State Senate last week passed a bill that would allow employees to sue their employers for an abusive work environment.

NY: Bus Drivers Who Get Spat On Take Average of Two Months' Leave for Assault

NEW YORK, NY - The New York Daily News reports that city bus drivers who were spat on by riders last year took an average of two months paid time off. Transit workers are entitled to a paid break after an "assault" such as spitting. (Publisher's Note: Click here to read an interesting...

NY: SIIA Rejects New York Task Force Findings Regarding SIGs

SIMPSONVILLE, SC - The Self-Insurance Institute of America has denounced the findings of a task force created by the New York state Legislature concluding that all group self-insured workers’ compensation funds (SIGs) operating in the state should be shut down by the end of the year and encourages...

NY: Insurance Dept. to Hold Hearing on Reform of Rate, Form, Regulatory Filings and Licensing Applications

NEW YORK, NY - The New York State Insurance Department will hold a hearing on June 28 to hear from the public on how to enhance Department procedures. Comments are invited on the processing of rate and form filings, regulatory filings, and company and producer licensing and renewal applications. The...

NYSIF Announces Release of 2009 Annual Report

New York State Insurance Fund Chief Deputy Executive Director Francine James announced the release of NYSIF’s 2009 annual report, celebrating 95 years of service as a self-sustaining insurance carrier and uninterrupted source of workers’ compensation and disability benefits insurance for...

NY: New York Ranks Highest in Country for Cost of Doing Business

According to CNBC's most recent America's Top States for Business Ranking, New York State has the highest cost of doing business in the country. Source: The Business Review

NY: Reed Group To Provide NY Treatment Guidelines Software For NYSWCB Personnel

Westminster, CO (CompNewsNetwork) - Reed Group®, publisher of the MDGuidelines return-to-work reference toolset, announced today that it has entered into an agreement to provide its MDGuidelines New York Medical Treatment Guidelines navigation software to the New York State Workers' Compensation...

NY: WCB Provides Overview Of MTG Processes

Albany, NY (CompNewsNetwork) - The Medical Treatment Guidelines will become the mandatory standard of care for the mid and low back, neck, shoulder, and knee, effective for dates of service on or after December 1, 2010. All stakeholders and Board staff will be expected to comply with the regulations...

NY: Charge Queens Biz Man in $180G Comp Fraud

A Queens painter is facing charges that he lied to conceal payroll information from the New York State Insurance Fund in a case of alleged workers' compensation fraud totaling more than $180,000. Investigators from Queens District Attorney Richard Brown's Office arrested Carlos Martinez, 45...

NY: WCB Provides Disability Benefits Insurance Contract Bulletin

New York, NY (CompNewsNetwork) - The Domestic Workers Bill of Rights was signed by Governor David A. Paterson on August 31. It took effect on November 29, and is the first law of its kind in the nation. The new law grants new rights and protections to domestic workers. The drafters of the Domestic...

New York Court of Appeals Upholds ATF Deposit on PPD Cases

By Ronald Balter, Esq. More than four years after the legislature enacted mandatory Aggregate Trust Fund deposits in all cases in which a claimant was classified as having a permanent partial disability after July 1, 2007 and involving a private workers' compensation carrier, litigation challenging...

Larson’s Spotlight on Recent Cases: Presumption of Compensability for Court Reporter’s On-the-Job Aneurysm

Larson's Spotlight on Presumption of Compensability, Social Security Offset, Exclusive Remedy and Co-Employee Immunity, and Retaliatory Discharge. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer for Larson's Workers' Compensation...

New York Workers’ Comp Stakeholders Continue to Absorb 2007 Reform Changes

During the past year, stakeholders in the workers’ compensation system in New York have continued to absorb legislative and administrative changes initiated by the 2007 reform. Maximum indemnity rates are now indexed to two-thirds of the State Average Weekly Wage. For accidents occurring on or...

New York Workers’ Comp Stakeholders Continue to Absorb 2007 Reform Changes

During the past year, stakeholders in the workers’ compensation system in New York have continued to absorb legislative and administrative changes initiated by the 2007 reform. Maximum indemnity rates are now indexed to two-thirds of the State Average Weekly Wage. For accidents occurring on or...

New York Workers’ Compensation State of Mind

Attention Lexis Online Subscribers: Citations link to lexis.com. Bracketed citations link to Lexis Advance. The 2013 Edition of New York Workers’ Compensation Handbook is now available. The following article is excerpted from the Handbook: The year 2012 saw growing controversy over the...