Month: July 2019

Avoid Injuries From Small Domestic Animals at Work

A black, brown and white dog

Everyone knows that some animals are dangerous (think sharks, alligators, jellyfish and bears). But the truth is these predators are pretty much isolated from most human contact. Unless you venture into their territory, there’s a very small likelihood you’ll be attacked. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case with small, domestic animals. In fact, thousands of […]

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GOP Points to Flaws in New York’s MWBE Law

Female architect in a hardhat at computer

Earlier this month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law an expansion of New York State’s MWBE program, a move that won praise from both sides of the political aisle. But despite widespread approval, some legislators are complaining that the law has some significant flaws, and implementation is far from ideal.  One such critic is GOP Assemblyman […]

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New York Farmworkers Get Workers Compensation Protection

On Wednesday, July 17, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation granting workers compensation to farmworkers in the state. The bill adds a number of additional protections under New York Department of Labor rules, including collective bargaining rights, family medical leave and mandatory time off. Cuomo called the bill “a great achievement” during the signing […]

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MEDA Million Dollar Challenge Announces 22 Semi- Finalists

A young minority entrepreneur

The Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA) just announced the 22 semi-finalists for its 2019 Million Dollar Challenge, which will be held on July 31, 2019. The 22 start-ups will be competing for a share of $1 million in financing, which will be split between four finalists. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony following […]

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New York’s MWBE Program Overhaul Approved by the Legislature

Image shows a construction worker who benefits from NY MWBE program

Late last month, the New York State Legislature voted to approve changes to the state’s MWBE program, expanding opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses. Sponsored by Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte, who chairs the Subcommittee on Oversight of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises, the legislation won praise from Speaker Carl Heastie, and Governmental Operations Committee Chair Michele […]

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New York Workers Comp System Flawed, Says New Report

New York has long been known as one of the nations’ more progressive states. And with both houses of the state legislature now firmly in control of Democrats, progressive new laws tackling everything from climate change to tenant’s rights have been coming out of Albany at a remarkably fast clip. But one area that has […]

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Ohio Workers Comp Budget Stuck on First Responders & PTSD

firefighter standing in front of flames

The Ohio legislature has been debating for months about providing workers compensation benefits for first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. But the issue finally seemed resolved early in June, when the State House of Representatives passed a budget allowing first responders affected by PTSD to receive medical care and wage replacement under workers […]

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