13 02, 2015

ABLE Creates Long Term Planning Solution for Disabled Americans

By |2017-08-30T20:22:11+00:00February 13th, 2015|Social Security|0 Comments

In order to qualify for federal programs like Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), a person can’t have more than $2,000 in cash savings or other assets. As a result, many disabled Americans are discouraged from working or setting aside money for long term expenses, since they don’t want to put their benefits at risk. A [...]

21 11, 2014

Revised OSHA Regulations Call for More Employer Transparency

By |2017-08-30T20:22:58+00:00November 21st, 2014|Workers Compensation|0 Comments

Starting January 1, 2015, companies will be required to report all work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and eye losses within 24 hours of the incident. This comes as an update to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)’s current record-keeping requirements. Currently, OSHA requires that employers report in-patient hospitalizations only if three or more employees are [...]

10 11, 2014

Can a Company Require an Employee to Provide Notification Before Seeking Medical Treatment?

By |2017-08-30T20:26:13+00:00November 10th, 2014|Workers Compensation|0 Comments

In short, no. Employers cannot required employees to give notification before seeking medical treatment. The issue arose in court after a FedEx employee alleged that he was fired for such a lack of notification. In the September 24, 2014 decision, a federal judge ruled the policy was effectively illegal. According to reports, the employee had [...]

14 10, 2014

New York State Comptroller Announces Decrease in Pension Contribution Rates

By |2016-06-29T16:48:36+00:00October 14th, 2014|Social Security, Workers Compensation|0 Comments

The New York State Comptroller recently announced that the contribution rates paid by state and local governments towards New York's pension funds will decrease. According to the Comptroller’s office the average rate of contribution will decrease to 18.2% for most public workers from 20.1%, the comptroller said. For police and firefighters, the employer rate will [...]

10 10, 2014

NY Senator Introduces Bill to Help Alleviate Financial Burden on Americans with Disabilities

By |2017-08-30T20:31:00+00:00October 10th, 2014|Social Security|0 Comments

Senator Charles Schumer has recently introduced a new piece of legislation to the United States Senate. The proposed bill aims to assist New Yorkers with disabilities and their families in their preparations for the future. The bill, titled, Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) creates a tax-advantage savings account for people with disabilities. According [...]

20 06, 2014

What Does Third-Party Liability Mean in Worker’s Compensation Cases?

By |2017-08-30T20:41:07+00:00June 20th, 2014|Workers Compensation|0 Comments

Workers who have sustained an on-the-job injury or illness are entitled to workers’ compensation to cover the medical bills and lost wages that result from their injuries. However, workers compensation benefits do not cover an individual’s long-term monetary loss, pain and suffering, or additional damages that may have resulted from particularly reckless conduct. As a [...]

30 05, 2014

Congressional Candidate in Long-running Dispute Over Worker’s Comp

By |2016-06-29T17:04:09+00:00May 30th, 2014|Workers Compensation|0 Comments

A campaign worker on Republican congressional candidate Matt Doheny’s 2010 and 2012 campaigns alleges Doheny “is stalling” the hearing of a disputed workers compensation claim, related with injuries she received in a February 2012 motor vehicle accident while traveling to a campaign event. Alicia E. Sirk, who was Doheny’s deputy campaign manager, said she continues [...]

30 05, 2014

100th Anniversary of New York Worker’s Compensation Law

By |2017-08-30T20:53:41+00:00May 30th, 2014|Workers Compensation|0 Comments

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the enactment of New York’s Workers’ (then Workmens’) Compensation Law. The horrific Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire moved New York’s legislature and Governor to enact the first in the nation workers’ compensation statute in 1911 after 146 employees died due to poor employer practices and unsafe working conditions. The law [...]

23 04, 2014

Availability of Seaman’s Rights to Marine Unit Personnel

By |2017-08-30T20:54:36+00:00April 23rd, 2014|Workers Compensation|0 Comments

Police officers assigned to the Marine Unit are entitled to NYS Workers Compensation benefits as are all employees of Police Departments in Suffolk County. However those who are assigned to a vessel may elect to pursue a civil lawsuit under maritime law. The US Supreme Court in McDermott International v. Wilander 498 U.S. 337 (1991) [...]