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“Business Community Criticizes Workers’ Compensation Legislation”

Joshua Solomon | Times Union • June 21, 2022

On June 21, 2022, an article was published in Times Union, “Business community criticizes Workers’ Compensation legislation.” This article encompasses the fact that this legislation which supporters claim the intended purpose is to benefit injured workers is facing opposition from the business community. If Gov. Kathy Hochul signs this bill, the new legislation would define “temporary total disability” as an inability to perform the job. The supporters of this legislation claim that the previous law was being interpreted too narrowly.

Under the existing law, an employee who is found to have a total disability due to a workplace injury would get two-thirds of their weekly pay while a partial disability would lead to less than that. If the new law is signed by Gov. Kathy Hochul, it would mandate that anyone having a partial disability would receive the full amount for as long as they have any workplace injury.

One of the top concerns opponents are vocalizing against the bill, is that it could lead to substantial insurance rate increases for businesses, municipalities, and school districts. Gov. Kathy Hochul has until the end of the calendar year to decide whether she will sign the legislation.

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Source: Joshua Solomon | Times Union • June 21, 2022 • “Business Community Criticizes Workers’ Compensation Legislation”