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The National Association of Minority Contractors, New York Tri-State Chapter, this week joined the chorus of advocates calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to use the Executive Budget proposal to reform New York’s unique construction liability law, known as the Scaffold Law. In November, the Citizen’s Budget Commission and affordable housing groups wrote a letter to Governor Cuomo stating that...
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You’ve heard the warnings from voices throughout the city, including on these pages: With the COVID pandemic having throttled entire industries and devastated incomes, millions of New Yorkers are way behind on their rents. When moratoriums lift and bills come due, expect to see a flurry of evictions. As the dark clouds gather, there are many...
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As part of Ryan Lema’s practice, he finds himself defending businesses in workplace accident cases. “A lot of those invariably will involve some aspect of the labor law,” said Lema, partner at Phillips Lytle LLP. “Certainly because theScaffold Law has strict liability on owners and contractors, if there’s any arguable way to frame the case...
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U.S. Rep. Chris Jacobs has introduced a federal bill that seeks to supersede New York state Scaffold Law. Under state law, property owners are liable when a construction employee is injured while working in an elevated setting such as on a ladder or scaffold. The law was passed in 1885, long before federal workplace safety...
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A coalition of business advocacy and local government groups have renewed calls for reform to a New York law that has been on the books since the late 1800s. New York State Labor Law sections 240/241, known as the Scaffold Law, holds contractors and property owners engaged in construction, repair or demolition work 100% liable...
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Dozens of business advocacy and local government groups penned a letter to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday calling for him to include a repeal of a state law that has been on the books since the 1800s that puts the blame for workplace accidents solely on the shoulders of the business — regardless of...
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Congressman Chris Jacobs (NY-27) announced the introduction of the Infrastructure Expansion Act (H.R. 8222) this morning at a press conference in Hamburg, NY.  “The Scaffold Law is an outdated 19th century law that burdens our taxpayers and hurts our ability to provide critical infrastructure for New Yorkers across the state. Today I am proud to announce...
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It’s a longstanding and epic struggle, with billions of dollars at stake. No, it’s not the latest reality TV show. It’s the New York construction industry and its ongoing battle with Labor Law 240, otherwise known as the Scaffold Law. And today, the stakes are higher than ever. As already struggling businesses slowly begin to...
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As construction work resumes across New York, contractors are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to freeze parts of the state’s controversial scaffold law. Otherwise known as Labor Law 240, the scaffold law puts absolute liability for workersʼ injured in a worksite fall on contractors and property owners when it is found that proper safety measures weren’t...
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