Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed proposed legislation that would permit the New York Jockey Injury Compensation Fund to consider alternate coverage options for its workers compensation program.
The Blood-Horse reports that Cuomo issued a statement giving his reasoning behind the veto, saying that the legislation “does not provide an appropriate solution to controlling workers' compensation costs and instead decreases workers' compensation protections for workers.”
According to the Blood-Horse, had it been approved, the new measure would have provided owners and trainers with more options to try and control workers compensation costs. One such option would been the creation of a ‘self-insurance' program.
The proposed legislation would have also expanded who would be able to qualify for coverage. The current fund, which is limited to licensed jockeys, exercise riders, and apprentice jockeys. The new proposal would include “licensed employees of licensed trainers” (assistant trainers, grooms, hotwalkers, etc).
Read more in the Blood-Horse
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