Workers’ Comp in New York, Social Security, and Medical Marijuana

Section 10 of the Workers’ Compensation law in New York State says, among other things,  that there shall be no liability for compensation "when the injury has been solely occasioned by intoxication from alcohol or a controlled substance........." It has...

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Citizens United II- The McCutcheon case

Soapbox: Definition--------The term is used to describe a person engaging in often flamboyant impromptu or unofficial public speaking, as in the phrases "He’s on his soapbox", or "Get off your soapbox." OK so here I am back on my...

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Is Government regulation a good thing?

Earlier this month (on 6/2) the New York Times printed several Letters to the Editor on a topic I am very passionate about: Government regulation. Is it a good thing?Well, let’s look at what happens when there is lax...

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Workers Compensation Wrongdoing: Part II

In my previous blog about what people think about when they hear the words "Workers’ Compensation," (fraud is part of the thought process of many,) I mentioned attorney Leonard Jernigan’s "Top 10 Fraud cases." (They are employer fraud cases.)Well...

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Facts: Dangerous things in the right hands

My new hero (heroine?) is a scholar named Kathy A. Ruffing. She works for a group called "The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities" which is - according to its website- "(O)ne of the nation’s premier policy organizations working...

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Social Security Disability Hearings – by the Numbers

I like statistics, especially when they involve sports. But the Social Security Administration (SSA) puts out lots of stats regarding Social Security Disability claims too. Some break claims numbers down by Hearing Office location. As background, understand that where...

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