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SECTION 15
Schedule in case of disability
Workers' Compensation (WKC) CHAPTER 67, ARTICLE 2
§ 15. Schedule in case of disability. The following schedule of
compensation is hereby established:

1. Permanent total disability. In case of total disability adjudged to
be permanent sixty-six and two-thirds per centum of the average weekly
wages shall be paid to the employee during the continuance of such total
disability. Loss of both hands, or both arms, or both feet, or both
legs, or both eyes, or of any two thereof shall, in the absence of
conclusive proof to the contrary, constitute permanent total disability.
In all other cases permanent total disability shall be determined in
accordance with the facts. Notwithstanding any other provision of this
chapter, an injured employee disabled due to the loss or total loss of
use of both eyes, or both hands, or both arms, or both feet, or both
legs, or of any two thereof shall not suffer any diminution of his
compensation by engaging in business or employment provided his earnings
or wages, when combined with his compensation, shall not be in excess of
the wage base on which the maximum weekly compensation benefit is
computed under the law in effect at time of such earning; further
provided, that if the combination exceeds such wage base, the
compensation shall be diminished to an amount which, together with his
earnings or wages, shall equal the wage base; and further provided that
the application of this subdivision shall not result in reduction of
compensation which an injured employee who is disabled due to the loss
or total loss of use of both eyes, or both hands, or both arms, or both
feet, or both legs or of any two thereof, would otherwise be entitled to
under any other provision of this section.

2. Temporary total disability. In case of temporary total disability,
sixty-six and two-thirds per centum of the average weekly wages shall be
paid to the employee during the continuance thereof, except as otherwise
provided in this chapter.

3. Permanent partial disability. In case of disability partial in
character but permanent in quality the compensation shall be sixty-six
and two-thirds per centum of the average weekly wages and shall be paid
to the employee for the period named in this subdivision, as follows:

Number of
Member lost weeks' compensation
a. Arm ............................................................. 312
b. Leg ............................................................. 288
c. Hand ............................................................ 244
d. Foot ............................................................ 205
e. eye ............................................................. 160
f. Thumb ............................................................ 75
g. First finger ..................................................... 46
h. Great toe ........................................................ 38
i. Second finger .................................................... 30
j. Third finger ..................................................... 25
k. Toe other than great toe ......................................... 16
l. Fourth finger .................................................... 15

m. Loss of hearing. Compensation for the complete loss of the hearing
of one ear, for sixty weeks, for the loss of hearing of both ears, for
one hundred and fifty weeks.

n. Phalanges. Compensation for the loss of more than one phalange of a
digit shall be the same as for loss of the entire digit. Compensation
for loss of the first phalange shall be one-half of the compensation for
loss of the entire digit.

o. Amputated arm or leg. Compensation for an arm or a leg, if
amputated at or above the wrist or ankle, shall be for the proportionate
loss of the arm or leg.

p. Binocular vision or per centum of vision. Compensation for loss of
binocular vision or for eighty per centum or more of the vision of an
eye shall be the same as for loss of the eye.

q. Two or more digits. Compensation for loss or loss of use of two or
more digits, or one or more phalanges of two or more digits, of a hand
or foot may be proportioned to the loss of use of the hand or foot
occasioned thereby but shall not exceed the compensation for loss of a
hand or foot.

r. Total loss of use. Compensation for permanent total loss of use of
a member shall be the same as for loss of the member.

s. Partial loss or partial loss of use. Compensation for permanent
partial loss or loss of use of a member may be for proportionate loss or
loss of use of the member. Compensation for permanent partial loss or
loss of use of an eye shall be awarded on the basis of uncorrected loss
of vision or corrected loss of vision resulting from an injury whichever
is the greater.

t. Disfigurement. 1. The board may award proper and equitable
compensation for serious facial or head disfigurement, not to exceed
twenty thousand dollars, including a disfigurement continuous in length
which is partially in the facial area and also extends into the neck
region as described in paragraph two hereof.

2. The board, if in its opinion the earning capacity of an employee
has been or may in the future be impaired, may award compensation for
any serious disfigurement in the region above the sterno clavicular
articulations anterior to and including the region of the sterno cleido
mastoid muscles on either side, but no award under subdivisions one and
two shall, in the aggregate, exceed twenty thousand dollars.

3. Notwithstanding any other provision hereof, two or more serious
disfigurements, not continuous in length, resulting from the same
injury, if partially in the facial area and partially in the neck region
as described in paragraph two hereof, shall be deemed to be a facial
disfigurement.

u. Total or partial loss or loss of use of more than one member or
parts of members. In any case in which there shall be a loss or loss of
use of more than one member or parts of more than one member set forth
in paragraphs a through t, inclusive, of this subdivision, but not
amounting to permanent total disability, the board shall award
compensation for the loss or loss of use of each such member or part
thereof, which awards shall be fully payable in one lump sum upon the
request of the injured employee.

v. Additional compensation for impairment of wage earning capacity in
certain permanent partial disabilities. Notwithstanding any other
provision of this subdivision, additional compensation shall be payable
for impairment of wage earning capacity for any period after the
termination of an award under paragraphs a, b, c, or d, of this
subdivision for the loss or loss of use of fifty per centum or more of a
member, provided such impairment of earning capacity shall be due solely
thereto. Such additional compensation shall be determined in accordance
with paragraph w of this subdivision. The additional compensation shall
be reduced by fifty per centum of any amount of disability benefits
which the disabled employee is receiving or entitled to receive for the
same period under the social security act, and shall cease on the date
the disabled employee receives or is entitled to receive old-age
insurance benefits under the social security act. As soon as practicable
after the injury, the worker shall be required to participate in a board
approved rehabilitation program; or shall have demonstrated cooperation
with efforts to institute such a board approved program and shall have
been determined by the board not to be a feasible candidate for
rehabilitation; such rehabilitation shall constitute treatment and care
as provided in this chapter.

w. Other cases. In all other cases of permanent partial disability,
the compensation shall be sixty-six and two-thirds percent of the
difference between the injured employee's average weekly wages and his
or her wage-earning capacity thereafter in the same employment or
otherwise. Compensation under this paragraph shall be payable during
the continuance of such permanent partial disability, without the
necessity for the claimant who is entitled to benefits at the time of
classification to demonstrate ongoing attachment to the labor market,
but subject to reconsideration of the degree of such impairment by the
board on its own motion or upon application of any party in interest
however, all compensation payable under this paragraph shall not exceed
(i) five hundred twenty-five weeks in cases in which the loss of
wage-earning capacity is greater than ninety-five percent; (ii) five
hundred weeks in cases in which the loss of wage-earning capacity is
greater than ninety percent but not more than ninety-five percent; (iii)
four hundred seventy-five weeks in cases in which the loss of
wage-earning capacity is greater than eighty-five percent but not more
than ninety percent; (iv) four hundred fifty weeks in cases in which the
loss of wage-earning capacity is greater than eighty percent but not
more than eighty-five percent; (v) four hundred twenty-five weeks in
cases in which the loss of wage-earning capacity is greater than
seventy-five percent but not more than eighty percent; (vi) four hundred
weeks in cases in which the loss of wage-earning capacity is greater
than seventy percent but not more than seventy-five percent; (vii) three
hundred seventy-five weeks in cases in which the loss of wage-earning
capacity is greater than sixty percent but not more than seventy
percent; (viii) three hundred fifty weeks in cases in which the loss of
wage-earning capacity is greater than fifty percent but not more than
sixty percent; (ix) three hundred weeks in cases in which the loss of
wage-earning capacity is greater than forty percent but not more than
fifty percent; (x) two hundred seventy-five weeks in cases in which the
loss of wage-earning capacity is greater than thirty percent but not
more than forty percent; (xi) two hundred fifty weeks in cases in which
the loss of wage-earning capacity is greater than fifteen percent but
not more than thirty percent; and (xii) two hundred twenty-five weeks in
cases in which the loss of wage-earning capacity is fifteen percent or
less. For a claimant with a date of accident or disablement after the
effective date of the chapter of the laws of two thousand seventeen that
amended this subdivision, where the carrier or employer has provided
compensation pursuant to subdivision five of this section beyond one
hundred thirty weeks from the date of accident or disablement, all
subsequent weeks in which compensation was paid shall be considered to
be benefit weeks for purposes of this section, with the carrier or
employer receiving credit for all such subsequent weeks against the
amount of maximum benefit weeks when permanent partial disability under
this section is determined. In the event of payment for intermittent
temporary partial disability paid after one hundred thirty weeks from
the date of accident or disablement, such time shall be reduced to a
number of weeks, for which the carrier will receive a credit against the
maximum benefit weeks. For a claimant with a date of accident or
disablement after the effective date of the chapter of the laws of two
thousand seventeen that amended this subdivision, when permanency is at
issue, and a claimant has submitted medical evidence that he or she is
not at maximum medical improvement, and the carrier has produced or has
had a reasonable opportunity to produce an independent medical
examination concerning maximum medical improvement, and the board has
determined that the claimant is not yet at maximum medical improvement,
the carrier shall not receive a credit for benefit weeks prior to a
finding that the claimant has reached maximum medical improvement, at
which time the carrier shall receive credit for any weeks of temporary
disability paid to claimant after such finding against the maximum
benefit weeks awarded under this subdivision. For those claimants
classified as permanently partially disabled who no longer receive
indemnity payments because they have surpassed their number of maximum
benefit weeks, the following provisions will apply:

(1) There will be a presumption that medical services shall continue
notwithstanding the completion of the time period for compensation set
forth in this section and the burden of going forward and the burden of
proof will lie with the carrier, self-insured employer or state
insurance fund in any application before the board to discontinue or
suspend such services. Medical services will continue during the
pendency of any such application and any appeals thereto.

(2) The board is directed to promulgate regulations that establish an
independent review and appeal by an outside agent or entity of the
board's choosing of any administrative law judge's determination to
discontinue or suspend medical services before a final determination of
the board.

x. Impairment guidelines. The chair shall consult with representatives
of labor, business, medical providers, insurance carriers, and
self-insured employers regarding revisions to permanency impairment
guidelines, including permitting review and comment by such
representatives' chosen medical advisors, and after consultation shall,
in accordance with the state administrative procedure act, propose for
public comment revised permanency guidelines concerning medical
evaluation of impairment and the determination of permanency as set
forth in paragraphs a through v of this subdivision by September first,
two thousand seventeen, with such guidelines to be adopted by the chair
by January first, two thousand eighteen. The permanency impairment
guidelines shall be reflective of advances in modern medicine that
enhance healing and result in better outcomes. In the event the chair
fails to adopt such permanency guidelines to be effective by January
first, two thousand eighteen, the chair shall adopt, by emergency
regulation, permanency impairment guidelines. The permanency impairment
guidelines adopted by emergency regulation shall be either the
impairment guidelines proposed by the chair on September first, two
thousand seventeen or the permanency impairment guidelines created by
the consultant to the board and submitted to representatives of labor,
business, medical providers, insurance carriers, and self-insured
employers, as voted on in an emergency meeting of the board to be held
on December twenty-ninth, two thousand seventeen. In the event the board
is unable to reach a decision at such meeting, the chair shall select
the permanency guidelines to be adopted by emergency regulations.
Emergency regulations shall be in effect for ninety days or until such
time as permanent regulations are adopted by the chair. As of January
first, two thousand eighteen the 2012 permanency impairment guidelines
pertaining to paragraphs a through v of subdivision three of section
fifteen of this article are repealed, and shall have no effect. The
board shall train adjudication and other staff to ensure timely and
effective implementation.

4. Effect of award. An award made to a claimant under subdivision
three shall in case of death arising from causes other than the injury
be payable to and for the benefit of the persons following:

a. If there be a surviving spouse and no child of the deceased under
the age of eighteen years, to such spouse.

b. If there be a surviving spouse and surviving child or children of
the deceased under the age of eighteen years, one-half shall be payable
to the surviving spouse and the other half to the surviving child or
children.

The board may in its discretion require the appointment of a guardian
for the purpose of receiving the compensation of the minor child. In the
absence of such a requirement by the board the appointment for such a
purpose shall not be necessary.

c. If there be a surviving child or children of the deceased under the
age of eighteen years, but no surviving spouse then to such child or
children.

d. If there be no surviving spouse and no surviving child or children
of the deceased under the age of eighteen years, then to such dependent
or dependents as defined in section sixteen of this chapter, as directed
by the board; and if there be no such dependents, then to the estate of
such deceased in an amount not exceeding reasonable funeral expenses as
provided in subdivision one of section sixteen of this chapter, or, if
there be no estate, to the person or persons paying the funeral expenses
of such deceased in an amount not exceeding reasonable funeral expenses
as provided in subdivision one of section sixteen of this chapter.

An award for disability may be made after the death of the injured
employee.

4-a. Protracted temporary total disability in connection with
permanent partial disability. In case of temporary total disability and
permanent partial disability both resulting from the same injury, if the
temporary total disability continues for a longer period than the number
of weeks set forth in the following schedule, the period of temporary
total disability in excess of such number of weeks shall be added to the
compensation period provided in subdivision three of this section: Arm,
thirty-two weeks; leg, forty weeks; hand, thirty-two weeks; foot,
thirty-two weeks; ear, twenty-five weeks; eye, twenty weeks; thumb,
twenty-four weeks; first finger, eighteen weeks; great toe, twelve
weeks; second finger, twelve weeks; third finger, eight weeks; fourth
finger, eight weeks; toe other than great toe, eight weeks.

In any case resulting in loss or partial loss of use of arm, leg,
hand, foot, ear, eye, thumb, finger or toe, where the temporary total
disability does not extend beyond the periods above mentioned for such
injury, compensation shall be limited to the schedule contained in
subdivision three.

5. Temporary partial disability. In case of temporary partial
disability resulting in decrease of earning capacity, the compensation
shall be two-thirds of the difference between the injured employee's
average weekly wages before the accident and his wage earning capacity
after the accident in the same or other employment.

5-a. Determination of wage earning capacity. The wage earning capacity
of an injured employee in cases of partial disability shall be
determined by his actual earnings, provided, however, that if he has no
such actual earnings the board may in the interest of justice fix such
wage earning capacity as shall be reasonable, but not in excess of
seventy-five per centum of his former full time actual earnings, having
due regard to the nature of his injury and his physical impairment.

5-b. Non-schedule adjustments. Notwithstanding any other provision of
this chapter, in any case coming within the provisions of subdivisions
three or five of this section, in which the right to compensation has
been established and compensation has been paid for not less than three
months, in which the continuance of disability and of future earning
capacity cannot be ascertained with reasonable certainty, the board may,
in the interest of justice, approve a non-schedule adjustment agreed to
between the claimant and the employer or his insurance carrier. The
board shall require, before approving any such agreement, that there be
an examination of the claimant in accordance with section nineteen of
this chapter, and such approval shall only be given when it is found
that the adjustment is fair and in the best interest of the claimant.
The board may, in such case, order all future compensation to be paid in
one or more lump sums or periodically, and any such adjustment shall be
regarded as a closing of the claim unless the board find upon proof that
there has been a change in condition or in the degree of disability of
claimant not found in the medical evidence and, therefore, not
contemplated at the time of the adjustment.

6. Maximum and minimum compensation for disability. (a) Compensation
for permanent or temporary total disability due to an accident or
disablement resulting from an occupational disease that occurs, (1) on
or after January first, nineteen hundred seventy-eight, shall not exceed
one hundred twenty-five dollars per week, that occurs (2) on or after
July first, nineteen hundred seventy-eight, shall not exceed one hundred
eighty dollars per week, that occurs (3) on or after January first,
nineteen hundred seventy-nine, shall not exceed two hundred fifteen
dollars per week, that occurs (4) on or after July first, nineteen
hundred eighty-three, shall not exceed two hundred fifty-five dollars
per week, that occurs (5) on or after July first, nineteen hundred
eighty-four, shall not exceed two hundred seventy-five dollars per week,
that occurs (6) on or after July first, nineteen hundred eighty-five,
shall not exceed three hundred dollars per week, that occurs (7) on or
after July first, nineteen hundred ninety, shall not exceed three
hundred forty dollars per week; and in the case of temporary total
disability shall not be less than thirty dollars per week and in the
case of permanent total disability shall not be less than twenty dollars
per week except that if the employee's wages at the time of injury are
less than thirty or twenty dollars per week respectively, he or she
shall receive his or her full weekly wages. Compensation for permanent
or temporary partial disability due to an accident or disablement
resulting from an occupational disease that occurs (1) on or after
January first, nineteen hundred seventy-eight, shall not exceed one
hundred five dollars per week, that occurs (2) on or after July first,
nineteen hundred eighty-three, shall not exceed one hundred twenty-five
dollars per week, that occurs (3) on or after July first, nineteen
hundred eighty-four, shall not exceed one hundred thirty-five dollars
per week, that occurs (4) on or after July first, nineteen hundred
eighty-five, shall not exceed one hundred fifty dollars per week, that
occurs (5) on or after July first, nineteen hundred ninety, shall not
exceed two hundred eighty dollars per week; nor be less than twenty
dollars per week; except that if the employee's wages at the time of
injury are less than twenty dollars per week, he or she shall receive
his or her full weekly wages. In no event shall compensation when
combined with decreased earnings or earning capacity exceed the amount
of wages which the employee was receiving at the time the injury
occurred. Compensation for permanent or temporary partial disability, or
for permanent or temporary total disability due to an accident or
disablement resulting from an occupational disease that occurs (1) on or
after July first, nineteen hundred ninety-one and prior to July first,
nineteen hundred ninety-two, shall not exceed three hundred fifty
dollars per week; (2) on or after July first, nineteen hundred
ninety-two, shall not exceed four hundred dollars per week; nor be less
than forty dollars per week except that if the employee's wages at the
time of injury are less than forty dollars per week, the employee shall
receive his or her full wages. Compensation for permanent or temporary
partial disability, or for permanent or temporary total disability due
to an accident or disablement resulting from an occupational disease
that occurs (1) on or after July first, two thousand seven shall not
exceed five hundred dollars per week, (2) on or after July first, two
thousand eight shall not exceed five hundred fifty dollars per week, (3)
on or after July first, two thousand nine shall not exceed six hundred
dollars per week, and (4) on or after July first, two thousand ten, and
on or after July first of each succeeding year, shall not exceed
two-thirds of the New York state average weekly wage for the year in
which it is reported. Compensation for permanent or temporary partial
disability, or for permanent or temporary total disability due to an
accident or disablement resulting from an occupational disease that
occurs on or after July first, two thousand seven shall not be less than
one hundred dollars per week except that if the employee's wages at the
time of injury are less than one hundred dollars per week, the employee
shall receive his or her full wages. Compensation for permanent or
temporary partial disability, or for permanent or temporary total
disability due to an accident or disablement resulting from an
occupational disease that occurs on or after May first, two thousand
thirteen shall not be less than one hundred fifty dollars per week
except that if the employee's wages at the time of injury are less than
one hundred fifty dollars per week, the employee shall receive his or
her full wages. In no event shall compensation when combined with
decreased earnings or earning capacity exceed the amount of wages the
employee was receiving at the time the injury occurred. Compensation for
permanent or temporary partial disability, or for permanent or temporary
total disability due to an accident or disablement resulting from an
occupational disease or injury that occurred as a result of World Trade
Center rescue activity by an employee of a private voluntary hospital,
who passed a physical examination upon employment as a rescue worker
that failed to reveal evidence of a condition that was the proximate
cause of disablement or occupational disease or injury, shall not exceed
three-quarters of a claimant's wage on September eleventh, two thousand
one. In no event shall compensation when combined with decreased
earnings or earning capacity exceed the amount of wages the employee was
receiving on September eleventh, two thousand one.

(b) Compensation for temporary total disability due to an accident or
disablement resulting from an occupational disease that occurs on or
after July first, nineteen hundred seventy-four, and prior to July
first, nineteen hundred seventy-eight, shall not exceed one hundred
twenty-five dollars per week nor be less than thirty dollars per week;
except that if the employee's wages at the time of injury are less than
thirty dollars per week, he shall receive his full weekly wages.
Compensation for permanent total disability or for permanent or
temporary partial disability due to an accident or disablement resulting
from an occupational disease that occurs on or after July first,
nineteen hundred seventy-four, and prior to January first, nineteen
hundred seventy-eight, shall not exceed ninety-five dollars per week;
nor be less than twenty dollars per week; except that if the employee's
wages at the time of injury are less than twenty dollars per week, he
shall receive his full weekly wages. In no event shall compensation when
combined with decreased earnings or earning capacity exceed the amount
of wages which the employee was receiving at the time the injury
occurred.

(c) Compensation for temporary total disability due to an accident or
disablement resulting from an occupational disease that occurs on or
after July first, nineteen hundred seventy and prior to July first,
nineteen hundred seventy-four, shall not exceed ninety-five dollars per
week nor be less than thirty dollars per week; except that if the
employee's wages at the time of injury are less than thirty dollars per
week, he shall receive his full weekly wages. Compensation for permanent
total disability or for permanent or temporary partial disability due to
an accident or disablement resulting from an occupational disease that
occurs on or after July first, nineteen hundred seventy and prior to
July first, nineteen hundred seventy-four, shall not exceed eighty
dollars per week; nor be less than twenty dollars per week; except that
if the employee's wages at the time of injury are less than twenty
dollars per week, he shall receive his full weekly wages. In no event
shall compensation when combined with decreased earnings or earning
capacity exceed the amount of wages which the employee was receiving at
the time the injury occurred.

(d) Compensation for temporary total disability due to an accident or
disablement resulting from an occupational disease that occurs on or
after July first, nineteen hundred sixty-eight, and prior to July first,
nineteen hundred seventy, shall not exceed eighty-five dollars per week
nor be less than thirty dollars per week; except that if the employee's
wages at the time of injury are less than thirty dollars per week, he
shall receive his full weekly wages. Compensation for permanent total
disability or for permanent or temporary partial disability due to an
accident or disablement resulting from an occupational disease that
occurs on or after July first, nineteen hundred sixty-eight, and prior
to July first, nineteen hundred seventy, shall not exceed seventy
dollars per week; nor be less than twenty dollars per week; except that
if the employee's wages at the time of injury are less than twenty
dollars per week, he shall receive his full weekly wages. In no event
shall compensation when combined with decreased earnings or earning
capacity exceed the amount of wages which the employee was receiving at
the time the injury occurred.

(e) Compensation for permanent or temporary partial disability, or for
permanent or temporary total disability due to an accident or
disablement resulting from an occupational disease that occurs on or
after July first, nineteen hundred sixty-five, and prior to July first,
nineteen hundred sixty-eight, shall not exceed sixty dollars per week;
nor be less than twenty dollars per week; except that if the employee's
wages at the time of injury are less than twenty dollars per week, he
shall receive his full weekly wages. In no event shall compensation when
combined with decreased earnings or earning capacity exceed the amount
of wages which the employee was receiving at the time the injury
occurred.

(f) Compensation for permanent or temporary partial disability, or for
permanent or temporary total disability due to an accident or
disablement resulting from an occupational disease that occurs on or
after July first, nineteen hundred sixty-two and prior to July first
nineteen hundred sixty-five, shall not exceed fifty-five dollars per
week; nor be less than twenty dollars per week; except that if the
employee's wages at the time of injury are less than twenty dollars per
week, he shall receive his full weekly wages. In no event shall
compensation when combined with decreased earnings or earning capacity
exceed the amount of wages which the employee was receiving at the time
the injury occurred.

(g) Compensation for permanent or temporary partial disability, or for
permanent or temporary total disability due to an accident or
disablement resulting from an occupational disease that occurs on or
after July first, nineteen hundred sixty and prior to July first,
nineteen hundred sixty-two, shall not exceed fifty dollars per week; nor
be less than twenty dollars per week, except that if the employee's
wages at the time of injury are less than twenty dollars per week, he
shall receive his full weekly wages. In no event shall compensation when
combined with decreased earnings or earning capacity exceed the amount
of wages which the employee was receiving at the time the injury
occurred.

(h) Compensation for permanent or temporary partial disability, or for
permanent or temporary total disability due to an accident or
disablement resulting from an occupational disease that occurs on or
after July first, nineteen hundred fifty-eight and prior to July first,
nineteen hundred sixty, shall not exceed forty-five dollars per week;
nor, except in cases of permanent total disability, be less than twenty
dollars per week; except that if the employee's wages at the time of
injury are less than twenty dollars per week, he shall receive his full
weekly wages; further provided, that in each case of permanent total
disability minimum compensation shall not be less than twenty dollars
per week, except that where the employee's wages at the time of injury
are less than twenty dollars per week he shall receive his full weekly
wages. In no event shall compensation when combined with decreased
earnings or earning capacity exceed the amount of wages which the
employee was receiving at the time the injury occurred.

(i) Compensation for permanent or temporary partial disability, or for
permanent or temporary total disability due to an accident or
disablement resulting from an occupational disease that occurs on or
after July first, nineteen hundred fifty-four and prior to July first,
nineteen hundred fifty-eight, shall not exceed thirty-six dollars per
week; nor, except in cases of permanent total disability, be less than
twelve dollars per week; except that if the employee's wages at the time
of injury are less than twelve dollars per week, he shall receive his
full weekly wages; further provided, that in each case of permanent
total disability minimum compensation shall not be less than fifteen
dollars per week, except that where the employee's wages at the time of
injury are less than fifteen dollars per week he shall receive his full
weekly wages. In no event shall compensation when combined with
decreased earnings or earning capacity exceed the amount of wages which
the employee was receiving at the time the injury occurred.

(j) Compensation for permanent or temporary partial disability, or for
permanent or temporary total disability due to an accident or
disablement resulting from an occupational disease that occurs on or
after July first, nineteen hundred forty-eight and prior to July first,
nineteen hundred fifty-four, shall not exceed thirty-two dollars per
week and compensation for permanent or temporary partial disability, or
for permanent or temporary total disability due to an accident or
disablement resulting from an occupational disease that occurs on or
after June first, nineteen hundred forty-six, and prior to July first,
nineteen hundred forty-eight, shall not exceed twenty-eight dollars per
week; nor, except in cases of permanent total disability, be less than
twelve dollars per week; except that if the employee's wages at the time
of injury are less than twelve dollars per week, he shall receive his
full weekly wages; further provided, that in each case of permanent
total disability minimum compensation shall not be less than fifteen
dollars per week, except that where the employee's wages at the time of
injury are less than fifteen dollars per week, he shall receive his full
weekly wages but in no event shall compensation when combined with
decreased earnings or earning capacity exceed the amount of wages which
the employee was receiving at the time the injury occurred; further
provided, that compensation may be in excess of twenty-five dollars but
shall not exceed twenty-eight dollars per week for permanent or
temporary total disability due to an accident or disablement resulting
from an occupational disease that occurred on or after June first,
nineteen hundred forty-four, and prior to July first, nineteen hundred
forty-eight, and in each case of temporary total disability minimum
compensation shall not be less than twelve dollars per week, except that
where the employee's wages at the time of injury are less than twelve
dollars per week, he shall receive his full weekly wages; and further
provided that, because of existing conditions due to the war
compensation for permanent or temporary total disability may be in
excess of twenty-five dollars but shall not exceed twenty-eight dollars
per week for any period of disability arising out of claims accruing
during the three year period commencing June first, nineteen hundred
forty-four.

6-a. Reclassification of disabilities. Subject to the limitations set
forth in sections twenty-five-a and one hundred twenty-three of this
chapter, the board may, at any time, without regard to the date of
accident, upon its own motion, or on application of any party in
interest, reclassify a disability upon proof that there has been a
change in condition, or that the previous classification was erroneous
and not in the interest of justice.

7. Previous disability. The fact that an employee has suffered
previous disability or received compensation therefor shall not preclude
him from compensation for a later injury nor preclude compensation for
death resulting therefrom; but in determining compensation for the later
injury or death his average weekly wages shall be such sum as will
reasonably represent his earning capacity at the time of the later
injury, provided, however, that an employee who is suffering from a
previous disability shall not receive compensation for a later injury in
excess of the compensation allowed for such injury when considered by
itself and not in conjunction with the previous disability except as
hereinafter provided in subdivision eight of this section.

8. Disability following previous permanent physical impairment. (a)
Declaration of policy and legislative intent. As a guide to the
interpretation and application of this subdivision, the policy and
intent of this legislature is declared to be as follows:

First: That every person in this state who works for a living is
entitled to reasonable opportunity to maintain his independence and
self-respect through self-support even after he/she has been physically
handicapped by injury or disease;

* Second: That any plan which will reasonably, equitably and
practically operate to break down hindrances and remove obstacles to the
employment of partially disabled persons who (i) are honorably
discharged from our armed forces, or (ii) have a qualifying condition,
as defined in section three hundred fifty of the executive law, and
received a discharge other than bad conduct or dishonorable from such
service, or (iii) are discharged LGBT veterans, as defined in section
three hundred fifty of the executive law, and received a discharge other
than bad conduct or dishonorable from such service, or any other
physically handicapped persons, is of vital importance to the state and
its people and is of concern to this legislature;

* NB Effective until April 1, 2023

* Second: That any plan which will reasonably, equitably and
practically operate to break down hindrances and remove obstacles to the
employment of partially disabled persons who (i) are honorably
discharged from our armed forces, or (ii) have a qualifying condition,
as defined in section one of the veterans' services law, and received a
discharge other than bad conduct or dishonorable from such service, or
(iii) are discharged LGBT veterans, as defined in section one of the
veterans' services law, and received a discharge other than bad conduct
or dishonorable from such service, or any other physically handicapped
persons, is of vital importance to the state and its people and is of
concern to this legislature;

* NB Effective April 1, 2023

Third: That it is the considered judgment of this legislature that the
system embodied in this subdivision, which makes a logical and equitable
adjustment of the liability under the workers' compensation law which an
employer must assume in hiring employees, constitutes a practical and
reasonable approach to a solution of the problem for the employment of
physically handicapped persons.

Moreover, because of the insidious nature of slowly developing
diseases such as silicosis and other dust diseases and because of the
reluctance on the part of employers to employ persons previously exposed
to silica or other harmful dust, means should also be provided whereby
employers will be encouraged to employ and to continue the employment of
such persons, by apportioning liability fairly between the employer and
industry as a whole without at the same time removing any incentive for
the prevention of harmful dust diseases.

(b) Definition. As used in this subdivision, "permanent physical
impairment" means any permanent condition due to previous accident or
disease or any congenital condition which is or is likely to be a
hindrance or obstacle to employment.

(c) Permanent total disability after permanent partial disability.
Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (d) of this subdivision, if
an employee who has previously incurred permanent partial disability
through the loss of one hand, one arm, one foot, one leg, or one eye,
incurs permanent total disability through the loss of another member or
organ, he/she shall be paid, in addition to the compensation for
permanent partial disability provided in this section and after the
cessation of the payments for the prescribed period of weeks special
additional compensation during the continuance of such total disability
to the amount of sixty-six and two-thirds per centum of the average
weekly wage earned by him/her at the time the total permanent disability
was incurred. If such employee shall establish an earning capacity by
employment he shall be paid during the period of such employment,
instead of the additional compensation above provided, two-thirds of the
difference between his average weekly wages at the time the total
disability was incurred and his wage earning capacity as determined by
his actual earnings in such employment, subject to the limitations in
subdivision six of this section. Such additional compensation, and
expense as in this subdivision provided, shall be paid out of the
special disability fund and in the manner as hereinafter in this
subdivision provided.

(d) If an employee of an employer who has secured the payment of
compensation as required under the provisions of section fifty of this
chapter, who had a total or partial loss or loss of use of one hand, one
arm, one foot, one leg or one eye, or who has other permanent physical
impairment incurs a subsequent disability by accident arising out of and
in the course of his employment or an occupational disease arising
therefrom, resulting in a permanent disability caused by both conditions
that is materially and substantially greater than that which would have
resulted from the subsequent injury or occupational disease alone, the
employer or his insurance carrier shall in the first instance pay all
awards of compensation and all medical expense provided by this chapter,
but such employer or his insurance carrier, except as specifically
provided in paragraph (ee) of this subdivision, shall be reimbursed from
the special disability fund created by this subdivision for all
compensation and medical benefits subsequent to those payable for the
first one hundred four weeks of disability for claims where the date of
accident or date of disablement occurred prior to August first, nineteen
hundred ninety-four, and two hundred sixty weeks of disability for
claims where the date of accident or date of disablement occurred on or
after August first, nineteen hundred ninety-four, regardless of
knowledge on the part of the employer as to the existence of such
pre-existing permanent physical impairment.

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this chapter, there may be
apportionment of liability for the special disability fund under this
subdivision within a single claim by disposition between the fund,
carriers, self-insurers or employers.

(e) If the subsequent injury of such an employee resulting from an
accident arising out of and in the course of his employment or an
occupational disease resulting therefrom, as set forth in paragraph (d)
of this subdivision, shall result in the death of the employee and it
shall be determined that either the injury or death would not have
occurred except for such pre-existing permanent physical impairment, the
employer or his insurance carrier shall in the first instance pay the
funeral expenses and the death benefits prescribed by this chapter, but
he or his insurance carrier, except as specifically provided in
paragraph (ee) of this subdivision, shall be reimbursed from the special
disability fund created by this subdivision for all death benefits
payable in excess of one hundred four weeks of disability for claims
where the date of accident or date of disablement occurred prior to
August first, nineteen hundred ninety-four, and two hundred sixty weeks
of disability for claims where the date of accident or date of
disablement occurred on or after August first, nineteen hundred
ninety-four, regardless of knowledge on the part of the employer as to
the existence of such pre-existing permanent physical impairment.

(ee) If an employee of an employer who has secured the payment of
compensation as required under the provisions of section fifty of this
chapter is disabled from silicosis or other dust disease, or in the
event of death, death was due to silicosis or other dust disease, and if
such an employee has been subject to an injurious exposure in an
employment defined under paragraph twenty-nine of subdivision two of
section three of this chapter, the provisions of this subdivision shall
apply except as hereinafter stated; and it shall not be required that
the employee had, either at the time of hiring or during the employment,
any previous physical condition or disability which may result in such
disability or death. In all such cases the employer or his insurance
carrier shall in the first instance pay all awards of compensation and
all medical expense provided by this chapter; and in the event of death,
the employer or his insurance carrier shall also in the first instance
pay the funeral expenses and the death benefits prescribed by this
chapter; but such employer or his insurance carrier shall subject to the
limitations of subparagraphs two and three of paragraph (h) of this
subdivision be reimbursed from the special disability fund created by
this subdivision for all compensation and medical benefits subsequent to
those payable for the first one hundred four weeks of disability for
claims where the date of accident or date of disablement occurred prior
to August first, nineteen hundred ninety-four, and two hundred sixty
weeks of disability for claims where the date of accident or date of
disablement occurred on or after August first, nineteen hundred
ninety-four, and, in the event of death, the employer or his insurance
carrier shall be reimbursed from the special disability fund created by
this subdivision for all death benefits payable in excess of one hundred
four weeks for claims where the date of accident or date of disablement
occurred prior to August first, nineteen hundred ninety-four, and two
hundred sixty weeks for claims where the date of accident or date of
disablement occurred on or after August first, nineteen hundred
ninety-four; provided, however, that when total disability or death
occurred after July first, nineteen hundred forty-seven, and prior to
July first, nineteen hundred seventy-four, the employer or his insurance
carrier shall be reimbursed from the special disability fund created by
this subdivision for all compensation and medical benefits including
funeral expenses and death benefits subsequent to those payable for the
first two hundred sixty weeks of disability and death benefits combined;
and further provided, however, that in the event of death due to
silicosis or other dust disease on or after July first, nineteen hundred
forty-seven, of such an employee who shall have been totally disabled
from silicosis or other dust disease prior to such date, the employer or
his insurance carrier shall be reimbursed from the special disability
fund created by this subdivision for death benefits subsequent to those
payable for the first one hundred four weeks.

The compensation of an employee who has heretofore been found to be
totally and permanently disabled from silicosis or other dust disease
and whose disablement occurred prior to July first, nineteen hundred
forty-seven, shall be continued or resumed, as the case may be, after
June first, nineteen hundred fifty-one, and payments shall be made
during continuance of such disability at his/her regular weekly rate,
notwithstanding the fact that such compensation is in excess of the
maximum provided for his/her case under former article four-a of this
chapter; but such compensation in excess of the maximum so provided
shall be paid from the special fund created by this subdivision.

(f) Any award under this subdivision shall be made against the
employer or his or her insurance carrier, but if such employer or
insurance carrier be entitled to reimbursement as provided in this
subdivision, notice or claim of the right to such reimbursement shall be
filed with the board in writing prior to the final determination that
the resulting disability is permanent, but in no case more than one
hundred four weeks after the date of disability or death or fifty-two
weeks after the date that a claim for compensation is filed with the
chair, whichever is later, or in the event of the reopening of a case
theretofore closed, no later than the determination of permanency upon
such reopening. In no event shall such a notice of claim be filed beyond
the dates set forth in subparagraph two of paragraph (h) of this
subdivision.

The employer or his or her insurance carrier shall in the first
instance make the payments of compensation and medical expenses provided
by this subdivision. Whenever for any reason payments are not made by
the employer or his or her insurance carrier at any time after the
payments have been made for the first one hundred four weeks for claims
where the date of accident or date of disablement occurred prior to
August first, nineteen hundred ninety-four, and two hundred sixty weeks
for claims where the date of accident or date of disablement occurred on
or after August first, nineteen hundred ninety-four, the payments of
subsequent compensation and medical expenses shall be made out of the
special disability fund by the commissioner of taxation and finance upon
vouchers approved by the chair of the workers' compensation board. In
case any payments prior to the expiration of the first one hundred four
weeks for claims where the date of accident or date of disablement
occurred prior to August first, nineteen hundred ninety-four, and two
hundred sixty weeks for claims where the date of accident or date of
disablement occurred on or after August first, nineteen hundred
ninety-four are not made by the employer or his or her insurance carrier
by reason of the insolvency of such carrier, the payments until the
expiration of one hundred four weeks for claims where the date of
accident or date of disablement occurred prior to August first, nineteen
hundred ninety-four, and two hundred sixty weeks for claims where the
date of accident or date of disablement occurred on or after August
first, nineteen hundred ninety-four shall be made out of the stock
workers' compensation security fund created by the provisions of section
one hundred seven of this chapter if the insolvent carrier be a stock
company, or out of the mutual workers' compensation security fund
created under the provisions of section one hundred nine-d of this
chapter if the carrier be a mutual company. If any such payments are not
made by an employer permitted to secure the payment of compensation
pursuant to the provisions of subdivision three of section fifty of this
chapter, the payments shall be made out of the proceeds of the sale of
any securities deposited by the employer with the chair, upon vouchers
approved by the chair, until such payments have been made for one
hundred four weeks for claims where the date of accident or date of
disablement occurred prior to August first, nineteen hundred
ninety-four, and two hundred sixty weeks for claims where the date of
accident or date of disablement occurred on or after August first,
nineteen hundred ninety-four, from the date of disability, after which
date they shall be made out of the special disability fund in the manner
above provided.

In all cases in which awards have been made and charged against the
special fund or injuries have occurred which would require payments to
be made in accordance with the provisions of former subdivision eight of
this section as it existed immediately prior to the time this
subdivision, as hereby added, takes effect, the compensation so awarded
or that shall be awarded in such cases shall continue to be paid out of
the special disability fund by the commissioner of taxation and finance
upon vouchers approved by the chair of the workers' compensation board,
as though this subdivision had not been enacted.

(g) Upon the making of a determination that an employer or insurance
carrier is entitled to reimbursement from the special disability fund in
any case where the employer or insurance carrier has made payment into
the aggregate trust fund, as provided in section twenty-seven of this
chapter, or where payment of compensation has been commuted into one or
more lump sum payments, the employer or insurance carrier shall be
reimbursed forthwith for the sums paid in excess of those payable for
one hundred four weeks for claims where the date of accident or date of
disablement occurred prior to August first, nineteen hundred
ninety-four, two hundred sixty weeks for claims where the date of
accident or date of disablement occurred on or after August first,
nineteen hundred ninety-four or two hundred sixty weeks in a silicosis
or other dust disease case as otherwise provided in paragraph (ee) of
this subdivision, exclusive of administrative and loading charges paid
pursuant to section twenty-seven, in accordance with the decision and
order of the board. In all other cases such employer or insurance
carrier shall, periodically every six months from the decision and order
of the board, be reimbursed from such special disability fund for all
compensation and medical expense in accordance with the provisions of
paragraph (f) of this subdivision.

(h) Special disability fund. (1) The fund heretofore maintained and
provided for by and pursuant to former subdivision eight of this
section, is hereby continued and shall retain the liabilities heretofore
charged or chargeable thereto under the provisions of such former
subdivision eight of this section as it existed immediately prior to the
time this subdivision, as hereby added, takes effect, and the
liabilities chargeable thereto under the provisions of former
subdivision eight-a of this section as added by chapter seven hundred
forty-nine of the laws of nineteen hundred forty-four and repealed at
the same time this subdivision, as heretofore added, takes effect, and
payments therefrom on account of such liabilities shall continue to be
made as provided herein. The said fund shall be known as the special
disability fund and shall be available only for the purposes stated in
this subdivision, and the assets thereof shall not at any time be
appropriated or diverted to any other use or purpose.

(2) (A) No carrier or employer, or the state insurance fund, may file
a claim for reimbursement from the special disability fund, for an
injury or illness with a date of accident or date of disablement on or
after July first, two thousand seven. No carrier or employer, or the
state insurance fund, may file a claim for reimbursement from the
special disability fund after July first, two thousand ten, and no
written submissions or evidence in support of such a claim may be
submitted after that date.

(B) All requests for reimbursement from the special disability fund
with a date of injury or date of disablement prior to July first, two
thousand seven as to which the board has determined that the special
disability fund is liable must be submitted to the special disability
fund by the later of (i) one year after the expense has been paid, or
(ii) one year from the effective date of this paragraph.

(3) Effective the first day of January, two thousand fourteen, and
annually thereafter, the chair of the board shall collect from all
affected employers (A) a sum equal to one hundred fifty per centum of
the total expected disbursements made from the special disability fund
during the year (not including any disbursements made on account of
anticipated liabilities or waiver agreements funded by bond proceeds and
related earnings), less the estimated amount of the net assets in such
fund expected as of December thirty-first and (B) a sum sufficient to
cover debt service, and associated costs (the "debt service assessment")
to be paid during the calendar year by the dormitory authority, as
calculated in accordance with subparagraph four of this paragraph. Such
assessments shall be included in the assessment rate established
pursuant to subdivision two of section one hundred fifty-one of this
chapter. Such assessments shall be deposited with the commissioner of
taxation and finance and transferred to the benefit of such fund
following payment of debt service and associated costs, if any, pursuant
to section one hundred fifty-one of this chapter.

(4) The chair and the commissioner of taxation and finance are
authorized and directed to enter into a financing agreement with the
dormitory authority, to be known as the "special disability fund
financing agreement." Such agreement shall set forth the process for
calculating the annual debt service of the bonds issued by the dormitory
authority and any other associated costs. For purposes of this section,
"associated costs" may include a coverage factor, reserve fund
requirements, all costs of any nature incurred by the dormitory
authority in connection with the special disability fund financing
agreement or pursuant thereto, the operating costs of the waiver
agreement management office, the costs of any independent audits
undertaken under this section, and any other costs for the
implementation of this subparagraph and the issuance of bonds by the
dormitory authority, including interest rate exchange payments, rebate
payments, liquidity fees, credit provider fees, fiduciary fees,
remarketing, dealer, auction agent and related fees and other similar
bond-related expenses, unless otherwise funded. By January first of each
year, the dormitory authority shall provide to the chair the calculation
of the amount expected to be paid by the dormitory authority in debt
service and associated costs for purposes of calculating the debt
service assessment as set forth in subparagraph three of this paragraph.
All monies received on account of any assessment under subparagraph
three of this paragraph and this subparagraph shall be applied in
accordance with this subparagraph and in accordance with the financing
agreement until the financial obligations of the dormitory authority in
respect to its contract with its bondholders are met and all associated
costs payable to the dormitory authority have been paid, notwithstanding
any other provision of law respecting secured transactions. This
provision may be included by the dormitory authority in any contract of
the dormitory authority with its bondholders.

The special disability fund financing agreement may restrict
disbursements, investments, or rebates, and may prescribe a system of
accounts applicable to the special disability fund, including custody of
an account with a trust indenture trustee that may be prescribed by the
dormitory authority as part of its contract with the bondholders. For
purposes of this paragraph, the term "bonds" shall include notes issued
in anticipation of the issuance of bonds, or notes issued pursuant to a
commercial paper program.

(5) The commissioner of taxation and finance is hereby authorized to
receive and credit to such special disability fund any sum or sums that
may at any time be contributed to the state by the United States of
America under any act of congress, or otherwise, to which the state may
be or become entitled by reason of any payments made out of such fund.

(6) The commissioner of taxation and finance shall be the custodian of
said fund and, unless otherwise provided for in the special disability
fund financing agreement, shall invest any surplus or reserve moneys
thereof in securities which constitute legal investments for savings
banks under the laws of this state and in interest bearing certificates
of deposit of a bank or trust company located and authorized to do
business in this state or of a national bank located in this state
secured by a pledge of direct obligations of the United States or of the
state of New York in an amount equal to the amount of such certificates
of deposit, and may sell any of the securities or certificates of
deposit in which such fund is invested if necessary for the proper
administration or in the best interest of such fund. Disbursements from
such fund as provided by this subdivision shall be made by the
commissioner of taxation and finance upon vouchers signed by the chair
of the board unless the financing agreement provides for some other
means of authorizing such disbursements that is no less protective of
the fund.

The commissioner of taxation and finance, as custodian of such fund,
annually as soon as practicable after January first, shall furnish to
the chair of the workers' compensation board a statement of the fund,
setting forth the balance of moneys in the said fund as of the beginning
of the calendar year, the income of the fund, the summary of payments
out of the fund on account of reimbursements and other charges ordered
to be paid by the board, and all other charges against the fund, and
setting forth the balance of the fund remaining to its credit on
December thirty-first. Such statement shall be open to public inspection
in the office of the secretary of the board. The chair, not less than
ninety days after the issuance of the dormitory authority's annual
audit, shall furnish to the temporary president of the senate and the
speaker of the assembly the following reports on the special disability
fund: a revenue and operating expense statement; a financing plan; a
report concerning the assets and liabilities; the number of waiver
agreements entered into by the waiver agreement management office; the
number of claimants remaining in the fund; the estimated current
unfunded liability of the fund with respect to such claims; and a debt
issuance report including but not limited to (i) pledged assessment
revenue and securitization coverage, (ii) debt service maturities, (iii)
interest rate exchange or similar agreements, and (iv) financing and
issuance costs.

The commissioner of taxation and finance may establish within the
special disability fund such accounts and sub-accounts as he or she
deems useful for the operation of the fund, or as necessary to segregate
moneys within the fund, subject to the provisions of the financing
agreement. The waiver agreement management office, as defined in section
thirty-two of this article, shall make application to the chair on a
quarterly basis for any administrative costs incurred by the office.

(i) When an application for apportionment of compensation is made
under this subdivision, the chair of the workers' compensation board
shall appoint an attorney to represent and defend such fund in such
proceedings. Such attorney shall thereafter be given notice of all
proceedings involving the rights or obligations of such fund. Such
attorney may apply to the chair of the board for authority to hire such
medical and other experts and to defray the expense thereof and of such
witnesses as may be necessary to a proper defense of any claim, within
an amount in the discretion of the chair and, if authorized, such amount
shall be a charge against such special disability fund.

The provisions of this chapter with respect to procedure, except as
may be otherwise provided in this subdivision, and the right of appeal
shall be preserved to the claimant and to the employer or his insurance
carrier and to such fund through its attorney as herein provided.

(j) The provisions of this subdivision, except as herein otherwise
provided, shall not be applicable to any case where the accident causing
the subsequent injury or death or the disablement or death from a
subsequent occupational disease shall have occurred prior to the time
this subdivision, as hereby added, takes effect, provided, however, that
any rights that have accrued under former subdivision eight or eight-a
of this section prior to the time this subdivision, as hereby added,
takes effect shall continue to inure to the benefit of any persons
affected thereby as though such subdivisions had not been repealed.

(k) The additional compensation required to be paid by an employer in
the case of the injury of a minor illegally employed, in accordance with
the provisions of subdivisions one and two of section fourteen-a of this
chapter, shall not be reimbursable under the provisions of this
subdivision.

(l) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this subdivision, when
an employer or carrier shall have paid additional benefits to an
employee pursuant to subdivision six of section fourteen of this article
as a result of the employee's increased average weekly wages from wages
earned in concurrent employment, reimbursement for all such additional
benefits shall be made to the employer or carrier from the special
disability fund created by this subdivision. It shall not be required
that the employee had, either at the time of hiring or during the
employment, any previous physical condition or disability, nor shall it
be required that the employee's disability be permanent in nature.
Notice of the right to reimbursement shall be filed with the board in
writing prior to the decision making an award, and reimbursement shall
be made periodically, every six months from the decision of the board.

9. Expenses for rehabilitating injured employees. An employee, who as
a result of injury is or may be expected to be totally or partially
incapacitated for a remunerative occupation and who, under the direction
of the state education department is being rendered fit to engage in a
remunerative occupation, may receive additional compensation necessary
for his rehabilitation, not more than thirty dollars per week of which
may be expended for maintenance. Such expense and such of the
administrative expenses of the state education department as are
properly assignable to the expenses of rehabilitating employees entitled
to compensation as a result of injuries under this chapter, shall be
paid out of a special fund created in the following manner: The
employer, or if insured, his insurance carrier, shall pay into the
vocational rehabilitation fund for every case of injury causing death,
in which there are no persons entitled to compensation, the sum of five
hundred dollars where such injury occurred prior to July first, nineteen
hundred sixty-three and the sum of one thousand dollars where such
injury shall occur on or after July first, nineteen hundred sixty-three
and the sum of two thousand dollars where such injury shall occur on or
after September first, nineteen hundred seventy-eight. The commissioner
of taxation and finance and the state comptroller shall be the joint
custodians of this special fund and may invest any surplus moneys
thereof in securities which constitute legal investments for savings
banks under the laws of this state and in interest bearing certificates
of deposit of a bank or trust company located and authorized to do
business in this state or of a national bank located in this state
secured by a pledge of direct obligations of the United States or of the
state of New York in an amount equal to the amount of such certificates
of deposit. He may also sell any of the securities or certificates of
deposit in which such fund is invested if necessary for the proper
administration or in the best interests of such fund. The provisions of
this paragraph shall not apply with respect to policies containing
coverage pursuant to subdivision four-a of section one hundred
sixty-seven of the insurance law relating to every policy providing
comprehensive personal liability insurance on a one, two, three or four
family owner-occupied dwelling.

Disbursements from the vocational rehabilitation fund for the
additional compensation provided for by this section shall be paid by
the commissioner of taxation and finance on warrants drawn by the state
comptroller upon vouchers signed by the commissioner of education or the
deputy commissioner of education provided that the compensation claim
number of an injured employee undergoing vocational rehabilitation has
been verified by the chairman.

Disbursements from the vocational rehabilitation fund for
administrative expenses of the state education department shall be paid
by the commissioner of taxation and finance on warrants drawn by the
state comptroller upon vouchers signed by the commissioner of education
or the deputy commissioner of education.