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New York Workers Comp – NYSIF Fines Governor Hochul’s Campaign

The New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF) recently sued their own Governor’s campaign committee for a $50K fine.  I originally came across this article from a Claims Magazine newsletter covering this New York workers comp situation.   No, this is not a politically-based article as none on this website have ever been slanted one way or the other.

Any time that a State Fund, in a rather bold move, is suing their own Governor’s election committee for no New York Workers Comp coverage, it should be covered in a Workers Comp blog such as this one.

All states have a worker maximum before an employer is required to acquire a workers comp policy to cover its employees in case of an on-the-job injury.   New York workers comp coverage has no minimum number of employees.  Almost all employers are required to carry workers comp coverage no matter the size – even sole proprietors.

Some states allow up to four employees without requiring a workers comp policy in place for that employer. New York starts at one employee including self-proprietors.

From the article –

According to state officials, Hochul’s campaign failed to carry workers’ comp insurance from Dec. 30, 2022, to September 6, 2023 — following her 2022 election victory.

Hochul campaign spokeswoman Jen Goodman responded, “The Hochul campaign became aware of a matter with the Workers’ Compensation Board today and is actively working with the board to resolve any questions.

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The actress Tina Fey faced the same scenario for not providing New York Workers Comp coverage to some of her staff.  The 2014 article said that the actress was fined $79,000.  Then a few weeks later, an article was published that her staff was likely covered by a policy.  You can find that article here.  

Governor Hochul’s campaign may have had coverage in place such as Tina Fey did in 2014.  I will update this article or write another one when or if any more information is released on this unusual New York workers comp situation.

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