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Legislative Action: Four Bills We Are Asking Governor Hochul to Veto!

Lois Law Firm managing Partner Gregory Lois is joining with other pro-business lobbying efforts to persuade Governor Hochul to veto four bills that negatively impact business and employment in New York State.

S768. This defines temporary disability as inability to do pre-injury duties or light duty at the same job – versus ability to do any light duty work. Would be bad for our labor market attachment arguments if this is signed by Governor Hochul.

S6373B. Essentially removes the provision that PTSD claims have to be supported by a finding of “extraordinary” stress. This would result in more filings for PTSD if passed.

S8271A. Will increase minimum compensation rate to 1/5th of the State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW). This bill will effectively DOUBLE the minimum compensation rate. Will impact low-wage claims.

S9149. This will have an impact on cases where there is a companion general liability or employer liability pending. We see this impacting our construction clients by reducing the benefit of collateral estoppel we obtain. Specifically, where we have used our defense in the WC case to reduce or impact the claims made in the general liability case.

Contact us if you would like to join in the effort to overturn these destructive bills.

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