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Labor Leaders Pushing Back Against Workers Compensation Regulations

The NY AFL-CIO is pushing back against a set of proposed Workers Compensation regulations, claiming they will slash benefits to injured workers.  

They claim the regulations would drastically reduce payments to workers who have suffered diminished use of a leg or arm.  They would also place increased requirements on injured workers to show their future earning capacity would be diminished and make it harder for workers to contest their awards.

The proposed regulations resulted from Governor Cuomo’s approved legislation that required the Workers Compensation Board to modernize its guidelines to reflect advances in medical technologies that get workers back on the job faster than in prior years.  

The proposed regulations are still subject to change, and the board is in the process of accepting public comments on them, and the board is required by law to have new regulations in place by January 1, 2018.