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Amendments to the Welfare Work Rules: Financial Literacy and Non-Traditional Jobs

A new law has been signed by Governor Cuomo that will modify the public assistance work rules aimed at helping women gain greater access to jobs in traditionally male-dominated fields, and encouraging participation in financial literacy and personal finance instruction. To some degree, the structure of the new law may limit its effectiveness, but advocates and welfare recipients should be aware of the possible opportunities the legislation may offer. Read More


Domestic Violence Legislative Update 2017

A compilation of selected domestic violence-specific or related bills which were signed into law or successfully navigated both houses of the legislature this session and are awaiting action. Read More


Session Wrap 2017: New Legislation to Enforce Medical Records Access Rules

A.7842 (Gottfried)/S.6078 (Valesky) will ensure free access to medical records for those applying for Social security and Medicaid benefits, as well as some veteran’s benefits. Read More


Session Wrap 2017: Employment & Financial Literacy

Just before the 2017 legislative session ended, a bill making two modifications to the public assistance work rules passed both the Senate and the Assembly and will now be sent to the Governor for his signature. This legislation is well intentioned, designed to facilitate women’s entry into non-traditional jobs, and to offer welfare recipients financial literacy education as a work activity, but some of the details may limit the effectiveness and impact of the law. Read More


Session Wrap 2017: Strengthening Lead Poisoning Protections

Low income children are particularly at risk because they often live in rental housing which is not well maintained by the owner. Low income children are particularly at risk because they often live in rental housing which is not well maintained by the owner. Read More


Session Wrap 2017: SWEAT- More to be done for Wage Justice

Empire Justice Center and the SWEAT Coalition, consisting of over 70 groups representing workers, businesses, unions, anti-poverty groups and faith-based groups, worked hard to advocate for the SWEAT Bill - legislation designed to fight against New York’s wage theft epidemic and wage collection crisis, and to close loopholes in our state’s labor laws. Read More


Session Wrap 2017: Access to Medically Necessary Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy

This past session, the Assembly introduced A.7772 (Barrett), which would provide relief from an outdated cap on Medicaid physical, occupational and speech therapy that, for the past five years, has been detrimental to New Yorkers struggling to access care that everyone agrees is medically necessary. Addressing the cap on these therapies has been a priority for Empire Justice Center for the past two legislative sessions. Read More


Session Wrap 2017: An Important Win for Child Care, but Much More to be Done

The end of the 2017 Legislative Session was disappointing for those of us hoping to see increased supports for parents and providers in the child care subsidy system. Read More


Empire Justice Center 2017 State Legislative Priorities

As New Yorkers, we unite around the concepts of liberty, equality and opportunity. In 2017, Empire Justice Center’s top priorities will be focused on identifying and fostering ways to strengthen New York’s laws, our communities, and each other, to protect justice for ALL New Yorkers. Read More


Empire Justice Center 2017 State Administrative Priorities

As New Yorkers, we unite around the concepts of liberty, equality and opportunity. In 2017, Empire Justice Center’s top priorities will be focused on identifying and fostering ways to strengthen New York’s laws, our communities, and each other, to protect justice for ALL New Yorkers. Read More