Category Archives: Friday F.A.Q.

“Friday Frequently Asked Questions” is a series of articles by Tashia Rasul answering common questions about various topics in New York workers’ compensation. Tashia is a partner at Lois LLC where she defends employers in New York workers’ compensation matters. She frequently visits construction and other work sites to develop defense strategies. Tashia routinely handles complex cases involving occupational injuries, pulmonary diseases and catastrophic injuries. Tashia also works on Longshore workers’ compensation claims.

Friday F.A.Q.: “What is general and special employment?”

In New York, there is a distinction between a general employer and a special employer for the purpose of liability in a workers’ compensation claim. The general employer is the one who hires and pays the employee and the special employer is the one for whom work is done. The classic general and special employer situation is a staffing agency that provides workers to another entity.

The issue of general and special employment is not automatically addressed by a Law Judge. It can be used as a defense to liability, or even raised by the claimant in situations where he knows his employer does not have workers’ compensation coverage. The issue must be litigated, and this means the production of lay witnesses, contractual documents, job descriptions, and workers compensation policies, if applicable. Continue reading Friday F.A.Q.: “What is general and special employment?”

Friday F.A.Q: “What is the timeframe for timely payment of an award, and what happens if the payment is late?”

An employer or insurance carrier must issue payment of an award within 10 calendar days of the filing of the decision directing the awards. This timeframe applies to all types of decisions directing awards. These include a Notice of Decision from a hearing, Reserved Decision, Proposed Decision (when it becomes final), Notice of Section 32 Approval, Notice of Stipulated Decision, and a Board Panel Decision.

If the payment is not made within the required timeframe, the employer or carrier will be subject to a penalty, which equals 20% of the unpaid award, plus $50.00. The 20% penalty is paid to claimant or his dependents, and the $50.00 is paid to the state treasury. This is directed by NY WCL §25-3(f).

If the carrier does not issue payment of an installment of ongoing compensation – that is, ongoing weekly benefits – within 25 days of it being due, the penalty is 20% of the amount due, as well as $300, both payable to the claimant. This is directed by NY WCL §25(1)(e). Continue reading Friday F.A.Q: “What is the timeframe for timely payment of an award, and what happens if the payment is late?”