New York legislators submitted a bill in advance to be introduced Wednesday that calls for tougher penalties for employers who jeopardize workers' welfare.
S.B. 621 would impose higher fines on companies that commit crimes that result in the death or injury of a worker. Fines for convictions for endangering a worker's well-being would increase from $ 10,000 to $ 500,000. The bill would also describe what is classified as endangering the well-being of a worker in the first, second and third degree.
Several workers' compensation-related bills were also submitted. 1023 would change the circumstances under which an injured worker can be reclassified as permanently disabled due to extreme difficulties. The legislation would lower the threshold for workers' income from social security and disability benefits to 50% of the employee's average weekly wage upon termination of permanent partial invalidity benefits in order to receive total disability from 75%. The legislation would also make it possible to reclassify injured workers who prove that they cannot cover expenses or those whose disabilities weaken their pay capacity.
S.B. 946 would amend the State Compensation Act to limit attorney's fees based on the employee's compensation to the injured worker if the attorney engages in dilating tactics or does not follow New York Workers' Compensation Board rules.
A.B. 732 would assume that an injured worker who has not refused an offer of re-employment from his employer has not voluntarily withdrawn from the labor market for compensation purposes.