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WORKERS’ COMP FRAUD: A TRAP FOR THE UNWARY

We’ve all seen the headline:  “Worker Arrested for Comp Fraud.”  But the story that goes unreported is that more often than not there was only one thing wrong with what the worker did: they didn’t give accurate information to the insurance company. The two most common reasons an insurer will allege fraud are (1) failure […]

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DEATH ON THE JOB – AFL/CIO RELEASES ITS 30TH ANNUAL REPORT

            On May 4, 2021 the AFL/CIO released its 30th annual report about death on the job.  The 250-page report included many major findings that should concern every working person.             Every day, 275 workers die from unsafe working conditions – over 100,000 workers per year – and the COVID pandemic has only made the […]

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WORKERS’ COMP AND DISABILITY BENEFITS – WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

Clients often call our office to say that they want to apply for “disability.”  When that happens, our first question is always “did this happen on the job or off?” – because it makes a big difference. New York’s Disability Benefits Law provides benefits for non-work-related injuries or illnesses.  The benefit amount is 50% of […]

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WORKERS’ COMP PROVIDES BENEFITS – EVEN IF YOU DON’T MISS TIME FROM WORK

Workers often think about filing for workers’ compensation if they have an injury or illness that puts them out of work.  However, the law provides benefits – sometimes including money benefits – even for injuries that do not involve time out of work.  Workers’ compensation provides medical coverage for any work-related injury or illness from […]

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WORKERS’ COMP MAXIMUM BENEFIT RATE RISES TO OVER $1,000 PER WEEK

On April 27, 2021 the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board announced that the maximum weekly workers’ compensation benefit rate will rise to $1,064.05 per week for accidents that happen on or after July 1, 2021.  The current maximum benefit rate (for accidents after July 1, 2020) is $966.78 per week, and in the year […]

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WORKERS’ COMP OFFERS BROAD COVERAGE TO ESSENTIAL WORKERS WITH COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of New York workers were designated as “essential workers,” reporting to work in person even as “non-essential” worker and the general public were told to stay home.  The “essential” designation included those who work in health care, food and retail, hospitality, transportation, education, construction, manufacturing, utilities, and many public sector […]

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SYSTEM FAILURE: ESSENTIAL WORKERS AND COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, exposure to the virus was a hazard of employment for health care workers, essential workers, and others for whom remote work was not an option.  As a result, as many as 250,000 workers contracted symptomatic COVID-19 because of their work during the pandemic. On April 27, 2021, we published a report […]

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WE REMEMBER

  The nineteenth anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center is different from the previous eighteen. Because of COVID-19, the ceremony will not be attended by thousands, those that attend must be masked and socially distanced, and the names of the victims will be read by recordings, instead of in […]

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Grey & Grey Wins Two Cases Where Employers Improperly Claimed that the Injured Workers Were Independent Contractors

Last month, we wrote an article about the difference between employees and independent contractors, pointing out that only employees are covered by the Workers’ Compensation Law.  (You can read that article at https://greyandgrey.com/who-is-covered-by-workers-compensation/).   One of the points we made in the article was that the question of whether someone is an employee or an […]

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Six Ways to Improve Workers’ Compensation

It sometimes seems that the problems with workers’ compensation are like bad weather – everyone talks about it, but nobody ever does anything about it.  New York’s workers are entitled to protection from the consequences of workplace injury and illness.  In most cases, that means benefits for wage loss and payment of medical bills – […]

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