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September 2015
City & State recently published an article spotlight focused on the Scaffold Law reform efforts. See excerpt: “New York’s Scaffold Law, a provision that was put in place decades ago to protect workers at construction sites, has divided state lawmakers for years. The law, known as Labor Law 240, holds construction companies and developers fully...
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The Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York along with a coalition of business, municipal, and non-profit organizations announced today that thirty-two county legislatures – more than half of the state – have passed resolutions calling on the state government to reform the “Scaffold Law” law. The law, which only exists in New York, holds contractors...
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In today’s New York Law Journal, Julian Ehrlich highlights troubling inconsistencies in how New York trial courts interpret the “sole proximate cause” defense, under which if a worker is 100% responsible for their injuries, the employer bears no liability. Although the formulation of the “sole proximate cause defense”2 to §240 has not changed in over...
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In today’s Albany Business Review, Robin Cooper outlines what four Capital Region real estate leaders would do if they were the state’s top elected official for a day. Peter Belmonte Jr., one of the largest home builders in the Albany region, would abolish New York’s costly “scaffold law” if he could be governor for just...
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