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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

NY: Liability and workers compensation priority issues for Chamber of Commece

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Business leaders are advocating this session of the state Legislature for relief from a state law that holds contractors “absolutely liable” for workplace accidents, said Peter Aust, president and chief executive officer of Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Business leaders want the Legislature to modify Section 240 and 241 of state labor law, known as the Absolute Liability Law, Aust said in a recent interview.

“It’s causing contractors’ insurance rates to go up, and that’s being passed on down to everybody whose doing a project -- whether it’s a housing project or a commercial project,” Aust said.

Business leaders also are seeking changes in workers compensation laws this session, he said.

“Reform measures in worker’s compensation have to happen ... or else we won’t see companies wanting to locate here,” he said.

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