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Year: 2016

What to Do When You Have Been Hurt at Work

Under the laws of New York, if you have been hurt on the job, you have a right to seek benefits under the state’s workers’ compensation system. The program is what has been commonly referred to as the “grand bargain.” Essentially, this means that workers and employers should both benefit from the system—workers can have quicker access to needed benefits, without the need to go to court; and employers can avoid the often exorbitant awards juries hand out.

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How to Avoid Winter Injuries at Work

Winter weather, with snow, ice, sleet and freezing rain, generally increases the risk of injury for workers, especially those who spend most or all of their time outside. There are steps you can take to minimize the risk of workplace injury in wintry weather.

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New York Horse Owners/Trainers Significant Increase in Workers Compensation Rates

In a last-minute deal, horse owners and trainers have avoided a substantial increase in workers’ compensation premiums for jockeys and exercise riders in 2016.

In New York, workers’ compensation insurance premiums to cover jockeys and exercise riders are paid into the Jockey Injury Compensation Fund, which then purchases workers’ compensation insurance through the New York State Insurance Fund. Premium payments are assessed to owners and trainers.

Under New York law, the Jockey Injury Compensation Fund is required to submit a funding plan for the next year by November 15 of the current year. The Fund failed to meet that deadline for the second year in a row, prompting the Gaming Commission to issue an emergency rule, substantially increasing rates.

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Niagara Falls Man Charged with Workers Compensation Fraud

A New York man has been charged with at least two criminal counts after authorities say he wrongfully collected workers’ compensation while self-employed. The defendant had repeatedly reported to workers’ compensation officials that he was not working at all. Documents filed with the court indicate that, during a 13-year-period, the man received more than $82,000 in workers’ compensation payments while earning in excess of $370,000.

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A triumphant Werner Schuler, a Queens MTA employee, receiving his long-awaited workers' compensation payment after a six-year battle for justice.
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Queens Subway Worker Finally Gets Work Compensation Payment

Six Year Battle Finally Brings Workers Compensation Payment

After six years of trying to collect on an approved workers’ compensation claim, a Queens employee of the MTA has finally seen a payment. Werner Schuler, a longtime employee of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, injured his knee back in 2008 and was unable to perform his job for more than a year. He sought workers’ compensation benefits and ultimately won his grievance, but until recently had not seen a dime of the money.

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