senate Bill S6240

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Provides for a disability benefit for employees of the New York city transit authority who are disabled by reason of an assault sustained in the course of employment

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S6240 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1110
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง1210-b, Pub Auth L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: A3236
2009-2010: A4439

S6240 - Bill Texts

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Provides for a disability benefit for employees of the New York city transit authority, and its subsidiary corporations, who are disabled by reason of an assault sustained in the course of employment.

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BILL NUMBER:S6240

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in
relation to providing a disability benefit for employees of the New
York city transit authority and its subsidiary corporations who are
disabled by reason of an assault sustained in the course of employment

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

This bill would amend the public authorities law in regard to adding a
new section 1210-b to permit employees who sustain an injury that
makes them eligible for workers compensation benefits as the result of
an assault sustained in the course of employment to collect an
additional benefit equal to one half of the weekly workers
compensation payment. This payment would exclude scheduled awards that
the employee receives for the same disability.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

ยง 1 of this bill amends the public authorities law by adding section
1210-b. This section goes on to define "authority" to mean the NYC
transit authority and any of its subsidiary corporations, including
the Manhattan and Bronx surface operation authority. This section
defines "employee" to mean any officer or employee of the authority.

Subsection 2 states that any employees who sustain an injury that
makes them eligible for workers compensation benefits as the result of
an assault sustained in the course of employment shall be entitled, in
addition to any worker's compensation payment and any other benefit
received by the employee owing to such disability whether pursuant to
law or contract, to a disability benefit payment equal to one half of
the weekly workers' compensation payment, excluding scheduled awards
that the employee receives for the same disability. Such disability
payment shall be made by the authority bi-weekly and shall continue
for so long as the employee receives a workers' compensation payment
for the same disability. The benefits provided for in this section
shall not be deemed to offset or reduce any other payment to which the
employee is otherwise entitled.

JUSTIFICATION:

Employees that are involved in incidents of assault while on duty at
the New York City Transit Authority should be compensated for the harm
incurred in the service of their employer. Employees should not be
economically punished for being assaulted while working at the New
York City Transit Authority.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE & LOCAL.GOVERNMENTS:

de minimus.

EFFECTIVE DATE:


This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  6240

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 8, 2014
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to  providing  a
  disability benefit for employees of the New York city transit authori-
  ty  and  its  subsidiary corporations who are disabled by reason of an
  assault sustained in the course of employment

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

  Section  1.  The  public  authorities  law  is amended by adding a new
section 1210-b to read as follows:
  S 1210-B. DISABILITY BENEFIT FOR  EMPLOYEES.    1.  AS  USED  IN  THIS
SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
  A.  "AUTHORITY" SHALL MEAN THE NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT AUTHORITY AND ANY
OF ITS  SUBSIDIARY  CORPORATIONS,  INCLUDING  THE  MANHATTAN  AND  BRONX
SURFACE OPERATING AUTHORITY.
  B. "EMPLOYEE" SHALL MEAN ANY OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE OF THE AUTHORITY.
  2. ANY EMPLOYEE OF THE AUTHORITY WHO, AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS
SECTION,  SUSTAINS  AN  INJURY  FOR  WHICH HE OR SHE IS DETERMINED TO BE
ELIGIBLE FOR WORKERS' COMPENSATION BENEFITS AS A RESULT  OF  AN  ASSAULT
SUSTAINED  IN  THE COURSE OF HIS OR HER EMPLOYMENT SHALL BE ENTITLED, IN
ADDITION TO ANY WORKERS' COMPENSATION  PAYMENT  AND  ANY  OTHER  BENEFIT
RECEIVED  BY  THE  EMPLOYEE OWING TO SUCH DISABILITY WHETHER PURSUANT TO
LAW OR CONTRACT, TO A DISABILITY BENEFIT PAYMENT EQUAL  TO  ONE-HALF  OF
THE WEEKLY WORKERS' COMPENSATION PAYMENT, EXCLUDING SCHEDULE AWARDS THAT
THE  EMPLOYEE  RECEIVES FOR THE SAME DISABILITY. SUCH DISABILITY PAYMENT
SHALL BE MADE BY THE AUTHORITY BI-WEEKLY AND SHALL CONTINUE FOR SO  LONG
AS  THE  EMPLOYEE  RECEIVES A WORKERS' COMPENSATION PAYMENT FOR THE SAME
DISABILITY. THE BENEFITS PROVIDED FOR  IN  THIS  SECTION  SHALL  NOT  BE
DEEMED  TO  OFFSET  OR REDUCE ANY OTHER PAYMENT TO WHICH THE EMPLOYEE IS
OTHERWISE ENTITLED.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04936-01-3

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