On April 9, 2017, the New York State Senate passed workers compensation reform as part of a hard-fought battle over the state budget. Although the impact of these changes is still being discussed, here is what we know so far. These changes:
- Create an expedited hearing process
- Limit the timeframe for employees to claim temporary benefits to 2.5 years, unless they can prove that they require more time to heal
- Lower the threshold to receive permanent benefits to allow more workers to qualify for them.
- Update the prescription drug formula to include more generic medications
- Create new medical impairment guidelines that updates the amounts that employees can get for an injury
- Add provisions to provide workers compensation coverage for ride share drivers for companies such as Uber and Lyft who are injured on the job
The Workers’ Compensation Board will...