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

Jul 12, 2018, 5:57 PM

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…

Board proposes cutting workers' comp rate by 11.7 percent

May 18, 2018, 2:44 PM

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…

Kathryn M Kirsch Joins 2018 Lawyers of Distinction

Jan 12, 2018, 12:00 PM

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…

NYS Assembly Dems oppose proposed state workers' comp changes

Nov 3, 2017, 9:56 AM

“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…

Proposed workers’ comp changes would hurt workers

Oct 20, 2017, 9:42 AM

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…

Groups push back against Workers' Compensation changes

Oct 19, 2017, 9:48 AM

Union-backed groups want board to revisit proposed new rules

Senate Dems Raise Concerns With Workers Comp Guidelines

Oct 17, 2017, 9:34 AM

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…

Major revamp of workers comp gets pushback from labor, doctors

Sep 29, 2017, 9:27 AM

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…

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

Sep 11, 2017, 9:19 AM

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…

WCA Comments On Proposed Loss Guidelines

Sep 7, 2017, 9:08 AM

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…

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