senate Bill S2461

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Directs the chairman of the workers' compensation board to appoint and employ a referee to hear claims at each hearing part in the city of New York

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May 12, 2014 reported and committed to finance
Jan 08, 2014 referred to labor
Jun 03, 2013 reported and committed to finance
Jan 17, 2013 referred to labor

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May 12, 2014 - Labor committee Vote

S2461
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Nay
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Aye with Reservations
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Absent
1
Excused
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Labor Committee Vote: May 12, 2014

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Jun 3, 2013 - Labor committee Vote

S2461
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committee
15
Aye
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Nay
1
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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S2461 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4958
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Workers' Compensation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง141, Work Comp L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S7116A

S2461 - Bill Texts

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Directs the chairman of the workers' compensation board to appoint and employ a referee to hear claims in each county in the city of New York.

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BILL NUMBER:S2461

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the workers' compensation law, in
relation to directing the chairman of the workers' compensation board
to appoint a referee to investigate, review and hear claims at each
hearing part within the city of New York

PURPOSE: Directs the chairman of the workers' compensation board to
appoint and employ a referee to hear claims at each hearing part in
the city of New York.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section one amends section 141 of the workers' compensation law by
adding a new closing paragraph.

Section two is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Recently, the Workers' Compensation Board has started
to utilize video conferencing more. Court reporters and judges can
appear by video from remote places to hear a claim. The result of this
use of technology is a process that is both impersonal and complex,
often leaving the claimant feeling unsatisfied with his/her hearing
and unsure as to whether or not the claim was adequately expressed due
to video delays and other possible errors. It is for these reasons
that video conferencing for these matters must be minimized.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S.7116 - Referred to Labor/A.10119 -
Referred to Labor

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after
it shall have become a law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  2461

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 17, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  LANZA  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Labor

AN ACT to amend the workers' compensation law, in relation to  directing
  the  chairman  of the workers' compensation board to appoint a referee
  to investigate, review and hear claims at each hearing part within the
  city of New York

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1. Section 141 of the workers' compensation law is amended by
adding a new closing paragraph to read as follows:
  THE CHAIRMAN SHALL APPOINT AND EMPLOY REFEREES TO BE PHYSICALLY  PRES-
ENT  AT EACH HEARING PART OPERATING WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE CITY OF
NEW YORK, TO INVESTIGATE, REVIEW AND HEAR CLAIMS AT THE CUSTOMER SERVICE
CENTER OR DISTRICT OFFICE  WHERE  THE  CLAIMANT  RESIDES  OR  ELECTS  TO
ATTEND;  PROVIDED, HOWEVER THAT IN THE EVENT OF THE TEMPORARY ABSENCE OF
THE APPROPRIATE REFEREE, AND WHERE NO OTHER REFEREE IS PHYSICALLY AVAIL-
ABLE TO APPEAR, A HEARING MAY BE HELD BY MEANS OF VIDEOCONFERENCE  BY  A
REFEREE APPEARING FROM A LOCATION OUTSIDE OF THE CUSTOMER SERVICE CENTER
OR  DISTRICT  OFFICE  OF  THE HEARING.   NO CLAIMANT RESIDING WITHIN THE
BOUNDARIES OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK SHALL HAVE TO CROSS A BRIDGE TO TRAV-
EL TO A HEARING LOCATION, UNLESS THEY OPT TO DO SO AT THEIR REQUEST.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day  after  it  shall
have become a law.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05598-01-3

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