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February 17, 2014

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On February 11, Business Council staff Ken Pokalsky, Marcus Ferguson and Tom Minnick joined about 200 business, construction and insurance industry representatives to urge legislators to change the century–old Scaffold Law (Labor Law sections 240 and 241). The groups met with nearly 100 elected officials, garnering substantial media attention.

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Legislative Update

The proposal would also increase weekly maximum disability payments for everyone from the current $170 per week to $449 per week in 2015, to $705 by 2018, and then indexed to 50 percent of the state’s average weekly wage. While the proposal has the state and employees paying the additional costs of the family leave portion of the benefit increase, there is no discussion or projection of the disability side of the costs associated with the overall increase in benefits that employers would absorb.

The Business Council has opposed enactment of prior paid leave legislative proposals. Staff contact: Frank Kerbein

Bill memos - The legislative memo section on The Business Council’s website includes updated information on bills of interest and/or concern to members.

Regulatory Update

Please click here for information on The Business Council’s regulatory agenda.

Political Update

Visit The Business Council’s Political Action Committee (PAC) page for information on upcoming PAC events.

Briefly Noted

Please note the following additional items of interest:

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