Legislative Memo

Ken Pokalsky
Vice President of Government Affairs
T 518.465.7511


S.7849 (Robach)



Workers' Compensation Notice Requirements



May 7, 2008


The Business Council opposes this legislation as currently drafted, as it would impose broad, ambiguous obligations on most employers in the state.

The bill would amend the Labor Law to require that employers provide injured employees with "all information necessary to enable such employee to properly file a claim for workers' compensation benefits."

This legislation raises several concerns:

Without these clarifications, this legislation would impose uncertain new obligations on employers, and would likely fail to meet its stated objective of "ensure that every worker who suffers an injury on the job is fully informed." We urge the Senate to amend this legislation before considering it on the floor.