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New York State Temporary State Commission on Workers' Compensation and Disability Benefits Minutes, Hearing and Subject Files

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New York State Education Department

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Summary:
The principal mandate of the Temporary State Commission on Workers' Compensation and Disability Benefits was to "examine the efficiency" of the workers' compensation and disability benefits system in New York State. This series contains correspondence, reports, hearing transcripts, meeting minutes, contract documents, clippings, and other published material generated by the Commission in carrying out its functions. Included are copies of the Commission's published research papers and preliminary and final reports.
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7 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
1984-1986
Series Number:
14484

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Alphabetical by subject or chronological by date.

Administrative History

The Temporary State Commission on Workers' Compensation and Disability Benefits was established by the Laws of 1983, Chapter 415. Laws of 1985, Chapter 629, extended the Commission's life through 1986. The Legislature directed the Commission to: examine the efficiency of the workers' compensation and disability benefits program; study the adequacy of existing protection to workers suffering from occupational diseases; develop a means of collecting statistics on the disability benefits program; and report its findings and recommendations to the Legislature.

The Commission included representatives of labor unions, insurance companies, and other interested groups, as well as the Commissioner of Labor, the Superintendent of Insurance, and the Chairman of the Workers' Compensation Board (ex officio). Karen Burstein, President of the Civil Service Commission, presided over the Temporary Commission on Workers' Compensation. The Commission met 25 times, held public hearings, sponsored special research studies, and issued a preliminary and a final report.

The Commission's principal mandate was to "examine the efficiency" of the workers' compensation and disability benefits system. This mandate was so broad that the Commission decided to examine more narrowly defined issues: the structure, level, calculation, and coverage of benefits; the operations and costs of the Workers' Compensation Board (particularly administrative and adjudicatory delays); the operations of insurers and the cost of their premiums; and occupational diseases and rehabilitation.

The Commission's final recommendations called for the most thorough restructuring of the workers' compensation and disability system since the program was established in New York in 1914. The Commission's seven major recommendations were as follows: adoption as regulations of uniform medical guidelines for the evaluation of impairments and functional limitations; adoption of a "hybrid" system of benefits; phased elimination of the differential between the statutory maximums for total and partial disability; adoption of an offset of old age social security benefits from permanent disability benefits; increased supplements for recipients of permanent total and death benefits; adoption of flexible minimum benefits equal to 10 percent of the State's average weekly wage; and limitation and continued study of lump sum settlements.

Scope and Content Note

This series contains correspondence, reports, hearing transcripts, meeting minutes, contract documents, clippings, and other published material generated by the Temporary State Commission on Workers' Compensation and Disability Benefits. A significant portion of the series consists of the Commission's public hearing files for hearings held in Buffalo, Albany, New York City, Syracuse, Binghamton, Hempstead, and Rochester; contract files documenting work done for the Commission; and subject files maintained by the Commission on various topics. Correspondence includes letters submitted by individuals who had filed workers' compensation claims, businesses, labor unions, physicians, and other parties. Reports and publications deal with such topics as unemployment insurance, occupational therapy, disability claims, Workers' Compensation Board, and Workers' Compensation Law. Copies of the Commission's published research papers and preliminary and final reports are located in Box 7. (They are also available at the New York State Library.)

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The Commission's preliminary and final reports, as well as published research papers, are held by the New York State Library.

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Accretion: 14484-86
Temporary State Commission on Workers' Compensation and Disability Benefits 1
Public Hearings - Mailing Lists 1
Public Hearings - Media 1
Public Hearings - Replies 1
Public Hearing Testimonies - Misc. 1
1984 Public Hearing Testimonies - Albany, 12/05/84 1
1984 Schedule of People Testifying - Albany, 12/05/84 1
1984 Schedule of People Testifying - New York City, 12/10/84 1
1985 Public Hearing - Replies - Buffalo, 02/21/85 1
1984 Public Hearing Testimonies - New York City, 12/10/84 1
1985 Public Hearing Testimonies - Buffalo, 02/21/85 1
1985 Schedule of People Testifying - Buffalo, 02/21/85 1
1985 Schedule of People Testifying - Syracuse, 03/13/85 1
1985 Public Hearing - Replies - Syracuse, 03/13/85 1
1985 Public Hearing Testimonies - Syracuse, 03/13/85 1
1985 Public Hearing Testimonies - Binghamton, 06/07/85 1
1985 Schedule of People Testifying - Binghamton, 06/07/85 1
1985 Schedule of People Testifying - Hempstead, 06/21/85 1
1985 Public Hearing Testimonies - Hempstead, 06/21/85 1
1985 Public Hearing - Replies - Hempstead, 06/21/85 1
1985 Schedule of People Testifying - Rochester, 06/14/85 1
1985 Public Hearing - Replies - Rochester, 06/14/85 1
1985 Public Hearing - Replies - Binghamton, 06/07/85 1
1985 Public Hearing Testimonies - Rochester, 06/14/85 1
Contract - Barth 2
Contract - Berkowitz 2
Contract - Burton 2
Contract - Cornell 2
Contract - Curington 2
Contract - Eisenberg 2
Contract - GLC 2
Contract - Johnson 2
Contract - Martin 2
1984 Session I - August 7, 1984 2
1984 Session II - September 20, 1984 2
1984 Session III - October 5, 1984 2
1984 Session IV - November 2, 1984 2
1984 Session V - December 20, 1984 3
1985 Session VI - January 28, 1985 3
1985 Session VII - February 8, 1985 3
1985 Session VIII - March 22, 1985 3
1985 Session IX - April 19, 1985 3
1985 Session X - May 9, 1985 3
1985 Session XI - July 30, 1985 3
1985 Session XII - September 6, 1985 3
1985 Session XIII - October 21, 1985 3
1985 Session XIV - November 20, 1985 3
1985 Session XV - December 19, 1985 3
1986 Session XVI - January 10, 1986 3
1986 Session XVII - January 17, 1986 3
1986 Session XVIII - January 18, 1986 3
1986 Session XIX - January 19, 1986 3
1986 Session XX - February 7, 1986 3
1986 Session XXI - February 14, 1986 3
1986 Session XXII - February 18, 1986 3
1985 June 26 Adjudicatory Procedures Subcommittee (06/03/85) 3
1985 June 17 Administrative Practices Subcommittee (06/03/85) 3
1985 January, July Administrative Practices Subcommittee (06/17/85) 3
1977, 1981-1986 Transcripts of Public Hearings; Reports and Studies 4
A.G. Opinions re: Commission 5
Adjudicatory Issues 5
Administrative Issues 5
Attorneys' Fees 5
Basic Forms 5
Commission Members' Statements 5
Consultant - John Burton 5
Correspondence - Incoming 5
Correspondence - Outgoing 5
Correspondence (DF-KSB) 5
Correspondence 5
Disability Benefits 5
Doctors & Other Health Care Providers 5
Exclusivity of Remedy (Dole v. Dow) 5
Extension of Temporary State Commission on WC and DB 5
Hospital Costs 5
Insurance - General 5
1982 September Labor Committee - W.C. Hearing (9/82) 5
Legal Issues - FOIL, POL, OHL, Parliamentary Matters 6
Management and Productivity 6
Medical Practice under the Workers' Compensation Law 6
Miscellaneous 6
Occupational Disease 6
Press 6
Recodification - Elmendorf 6
Rehabilitation 6
Social Security Offsets 6
The State Insurance Fund 6
Temporary Commission - Budget 6
U.I. Claimant Representative Project 6
W.C. Legislative Proposals 6
Elmendorf - Personnel 6
W.C. Statistics and Reports 6
W.C./V.F. Benefit Charts 6
W.C.B. Database Projects - Barshied 6
1980, 1983-1986 Commission Preliminary and Final Reports; Other Publications 7