Month

July 2014
In today’s Long Island Newsday, LRANY Executive Director Tom Stebbins highlights how the Scaffold Law’s standard of absolute liability works against worker safety. The scaffold law holds contractors and property owners 100 percent liable, even if they were only 1 percent at fault. My organization, and many others — including the New York State School...
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In a recent case from the New York State Appellate Division Second Department, Sanchez v. Palmiero, the Court held that having a home office may, in some cases, subject homeowners to liability who contract for home improvement work under the New York Labor Laws. The homeowner’s exemption, designed to protect owners of one and two-family...
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New York lieutenant governor candidate Tim Wu recently indicated that he would consider reforming the Scaffold Law. Wu, a Professor of Law at Columbia University is currently running alongside gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout as a more liberal alternative to Governor Cuomo and running mate Kathy Hochul. Asked by host Susan Arbetter on The Capitol Pressroom...
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Today, The Journal News published a response from the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York’s Executive Director, Tom Stebbins arguing that the Scaffold Law as it stands only adds costs, not safety. “The writer defends New York’s Scaffold Safety Law, saying it gave him his “day in court.” Of course, that is precisely what Scaffold...
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Today, the Watertown Daily Times published a letter from the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York’s Executive Director, Thomas B. Stebbins, calling to Scaffold Law reform as a solution to decrease the costs of the Tappan Zee Bridge project. “We certainly agree with the Watertown Daily Times that there are better ways to pay for...
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This week, Insurance News Net’s Mark Lungariello reported that New York’s construction and business groups are nor giving up on the fight to reform the Scaffold Law. “New York construction and business groups are continuing the fight to repeal or amend the state’s Scaffold Law despite the increasing likelihood they are fighting a losing battle....
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