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Pataki proposes workers’ comp reform

Gov. George Pataki on Thursday unveiled a proposal to reform New York’s workers’ compensation system, saying it would reduce costs to businesses while increasing benefit levels for injured workers.

Pataki proposes workers’ comp reform

Gov. George Pataki on Thursday unveiled a proposal to reform New York’s workers’ compensation system, saying it would reduce costs to businesses by 15 percent while increasing benefit levels for injured workers by 25 percent.
The proposal would reduce costs to business by creating tiered benefit levels for injuries not included in current workers’ comp laws, reducing litigation, improving anti-fraud efforts and authorizing comprehensive fee schedules for medical goods and pharmaceuticals, Pataki said.
The proposal would increase benefit levels for workers injured on and off the job by 25 percent, to $500 a week, Pataki said.
The reforms were supported by Business Council of New York State president Daniel Walsh, Manufacturing Association of Central New York president Randy Wolken, and the National Federation of Independent Business’ New York State director, Mark Alesse.
“I urge the Legislature to work with me to enact these important reforms so that we can help New York businesses better compete, protect tens of thousands of jobs across the state and ensure benefits for injured workers,” Pataki said in a statement.

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