Business groups renew proposal to ditch New York’s Scaffold Law

ALBANY — Dozens of business advocacy and local government groups penned a letter to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday calling for him to include a repeal of a state law that has been on the books since the 1800s that puts the blame for workplace accidents solely on the shoulders of the business — regardless of the worker’s relative responsibility in their own injury.

The statute, known as the Scaffold Law, holds employers and building owners to an “absolute liability” standard whenever a worker is injured or killed in an accident involving a fall from an elevated surface. New York is the only state in the country with such a law.

Imagine the famous photo “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper,” in which the construction workers building 30 Rockefeller Plaza sit with their lunches on an outstretched steel beam, nothing beneath them to stop them from falling to their deaths if

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Hungary Says New EU Proposal on Rule of Law Conditions ‘Unacceptable’ | World News

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary considers a new proposal by the European Union presidency to tie future EU aid to rule of law conditions to be “unacceptable,” Justice Minister Judit Varga said on Tuesday.

She said on Facebook that the proposal, made this week by Germany as current president of the EU, would mean a unilateral modification of the bloc’s founding treaties. It would thereby violate the rule of law itself, and amounted to “blackmail”.

Hungary has often been at loggerheads with the EU over a perceived backslide from democratic standards, prompting the deputy head of the EU executive to describe Hungarian Premier Viktor Orban’s system as an “ailing democracy”.

Germany has floated a scheme that conditions access to EU money, including the 750-billion-euro ($879.68 billion) coronavirus recovery fund, to respect for the rule of law, a document seen by Reuters showed on Monday.

“In July, the heads of state and

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Hungary says new EU proposal on rule of law conditions ‘unacceptable’

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary considers a new proposal by the European Union presidency to tie future EU aid to rule of law conditions to be “unacceptable,” Justice Minister Judit Varga said on Tuesday.

She said on Facebook that the proposal, made this week by Germany as current president of the EU, would mean a unilateral modification of the bloc’s founding treaties. It would thereby violate the rule of law itself, and amounted to “blackmail”.

Hungary has often been at loggerheads with the EU over a perceived backslide from democratic standards, prompting the deputy head of the EU executive to describe Hungarian Premier Viktor Orban’s system as an “ailing democracy”.

Germany has floated a scheme that conditions access to EU money, including the 750-billion-euro ($879.68 billion) coronavirus recovery fund, to respect for the rule of law, a document seen by Reuters showed on Monday.

“In July, the heads of state and

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