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May 2016
The Empire Center’s EJ McMahon wrote a letter to the editor published in The Poughkeepsie Journal calling for legal reforms, including the Scaffold Law. An excerpt: “Legal reforms — like updating the antiquated Scaffold Law — translate to mandate relief for all aspects of our economy. Doctors, patients and public institutions are directly impacted by...
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New York’s leading business groups wrote a letter to Cuomo’s business climate panel calling for various reforms including Scaffold Law reform. See excerpt: “Still reeling from a budget that included a minimum wage hike and paid family leave, employer groups have laid out some priorities for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s business climate panel. New York’s leading...
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Thomson Reuters’ Legal Solution Blog shared a recent ruling against a Scaffold Law claim in a case where an employee disregarded specific instructions to replace a manhole cover over a manhole which he later fell into. See excerpt: “Scaffold Law did not apply to accident involving fall by contractor’s employee into uncovered manhole while performing...
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A recent ruling by the state Court of Claims brought some sanity in not further expanding the already over stretched ‘Scaffold Law’. The New York Law Journal reports the ruling that the state will not be held liable for a workers injury from 200-foot-high Heldeberg Escarpment at John Boyd Thacher State Park, calling the the escarpment...
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