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Gotham Gazette: Legislative Session Starts with Flurry of Activity, and Cuomo Out of Town

“While Cuomo included in his executive budget early voting and other reform proposals to update the state’s antiquated voting laws, he put little public effort into championing the issue and none of the reforms made it into the budget that was passed. Meanwhile, Senate Republicans are interested in reforming the “scaffold law,” which holds contractors strictly liable...
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TRUCKING ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK JOINS FIGHT TO FIX THE SCAFFOLD LAW

TRUCKING ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK JOINS FIGHT TO FIX THE SCAFFOLD LAW Expansive court decisions attract new members to the Scaffold Law Reform Coalition ALBANY – The Trucking Association of New York (TANY) is the latest advocacy organization to join the coalition in support of A.5624, a bill introduced by Assemblymember John McDonald (D-Cohoes) aimed...
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High Court Overturns Summary Judgment on Labor Law Claim for Worker’s Fall

“Tom Stebbins, the executive director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, on Thursday said he was happy to see the court’s decision. ‘Thankfully, the court rejected the notion that wet stairs are subject to the state’s absurd Labor Law 240,’ he said. ‘If we were to apply this ridiculous statute to stairs across...
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Albany Times Union: McDonald backs Scaffold Law reform legislation

“Assemblyman John McDonald has introduced what his office describes as ‘a concise and comprehensive bill aimed at modernizing the liability rules’ under the state’s perennially controversial Labor Law 240, otherwise known as Scaffold Law. Scaffold Law, which has been interpreted as placing ‘absolute liability’ on employers for gravity-related workplace injuries, is strongly supported by labor...
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