Scaffold Law Facts – the Impact on MWBE’s is Staggering

New York’s notorious scaffold law has a broad negative impact.  The dramatic increase of costs on schools, municipalities, small business and taxpayers has ground new construction and vital infrastructure modernization to a halt.

This isn’t spin, these are facts.  Children in New York City are forced to go to school in trailers because their schools are crumbling.  The increase cost to taxpayers from the Tappan Zee bridge project are staggering.  Small businesses, particularly Minority-Women owned businesses are being forced to cut employees and in many cases close their doors permanently.

And for what?

To line the pockets of trial lawyers.  It really is that simple.

The trial bar uses the same old rhetoric of worker safety and negligent employers.  To think employers do not value their employees is insane.  Scaffold law dates back 130 years, prior to OSHA and workers compensation standards.  Employers value their employees and want them to be safe, without them their business don’t exist!

New York is the only state in the country to have a strict liability standard for gravity related accidents.  The only state! As we enter the 2014 legislative session in Albany, the time is now for lawmakers and Governor Cuomo to move in reforming this law.  To put New York on a more even playing field with the rest of the country.

The New York Daily News thinks the time is right.  The New York Times says Governor Cuomo is open to reform.

One simple reform will reduce costs to businesses, put our children in modern and safe schools, help MWBE’s stay in business and cut the excessive burden on taxpayers.

Not convinced?  Listen to the story of one MWBE and the impact scaffold law has on her business.

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About Mike Durant

Mike Durant was named New York State Director of NFIB in May 2011. Prior to joining NFIB as the Assistant State Director in May 2010, Durant began his career in the New York Senate working in the Office of Member Services. From there, he served in a number of positions during former New York Governor George E. Pataki’s administration. As a Research Specialist in the New York State Office of Demographic Policy, Mike was responsible for drafting a redistricting proposal for Governor Pataki. In addition, Mike served as a Research Specialist for the Empire State Development Corporation, as well as the Associate Commissioner of Human Resource Management with the New York Department of Labor. Durant also spent four years working at the Questar III BOCES as a specialist focusing on the complex formulas that drive aid to school districts across the state while also taking a lead role in the state legislative/budget process as it related to education policy. These past positions have given Mike a deep understanding of the complex political economics of the State of New York. Active in the community, Durant has served on a number of boards in both the village of Ballston Spa and Town of Milton. Durant received his bachelor’s degree from Siena College in Loudonville, New York and resides in Ballston Spa with his wife and two children.
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