“New York’s Labor Law: An Introduction and Recent Trends,” NYSBA Young Lawyers Section
“Labor Law § 240(1) — better known as the controversial ‘ladder law’ or ‘scaffold law’ — has garnered considerable press over the years,” writes Robert W. Berbenich, an attorney in Goldberg Segalla’s General Liability Practice Group. “The strict liability component, along with the lack of comparative fault, make this a very plaintiff-friendly statute.”
In this article written for Electronically In Touch, the e-newsletter and blog of the New York State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, Robert examines the fundamentals of New York State’s law originally designed to protect construction workers from gravity-related risks such as falling from a height or being struck by a falling object.
Robert also discusses common issues courts have been grappling with recently — such as whether specific work is a “protected activity” under the statute, and the continued scrutiny and dissection of the recalcitrant worker defense — through the cases covered in Goldberg Segalla’s latest Labor Law Update newsletter.
- “New York’s Labor Law: An Introduction and Recent Trends,” NYSBA Young Lawyers Section Blog, June 21, 2015