Assembly Passes Workers’ Compensation Reform

March 6, 2007

“Having fought for years to reduce costs to employers and expand benefits for injured workers, I am very pleased to announce that legislation to reform New York’s workers’ compensation system passed in the Assembly today.

This legislation will help create a more efficient workers’ compensation system and lower costs to New York’s businesses, particularly those businesses involved in manufacturing, agriculture and construction sectors. This bill will make New York’s businesses more competitive with other states. In addition, it will help injured workers get prompt medical treatment so they can more quickly regain their health and return to work. The savings of 10-15% in the workers’ compensation costs of New York’s businesses will help improve New York’s economy.

This was my number one priority for the 2007 legislative session, and I am very pleased it was passed today. There is still more that needs to be done, but this reform legislation is a critical first step to helping bring about job growth in our region and throughout the state.”