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2015 Policy Wrap Up: Health

A look at some of the health bills and other health initiatives we worked on this legislative session. Read More


2015 Policy Wrap Up: Screening Public Assistance Clients for Disabilities: A Promising, but Very Frustrating Development

After years of advocacy, OTDA finally chose a screening tool, the Modified Mini Screen (MMS), to identify public assistance applicants with menatl health conditions and other disabilities. Read More


Empire Justice Infographic: How New York's Asset Tests Keep People Poor

An interactive illustration of data from Empire Justice Center's report "Driven into Poverty: How New York's Asset Tests Keep People Poor." Read More


Still Work to be Done: Changes to New York State’s Labor Law are a Starting Point for Meaningful Change

Bills signed by Governor Cuomo in late 2014 and early 2015 could strengthen protections for workers in New York, but without real enforcement requirements, leave low wage workers to tow the line themselves. Read More


Child Care Copayment Disparities by County

This chart contains county by county information on copayment multipliers for all social services districts, and the annual and weekly fees assessed against a family of three at 200% of poverty in each county. Read More


New York's Wage Collection Crisis: New Report Details how Employers Avoid Paying Wage Theft Judgements

A new report from the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center, the Employment Law Unit at The Legal Aid Society, and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice reveals that unscrupulous employers were able to evade labor laws even after courts ordered them to pay $25 million in stolen wages to workers. Read More


Empire Justice Center 2015 State Policy Priorities

All New Yorkers, particularly the most vulnerable, should have an equal opportunity to pursue justice and the road to prosperity. For too many of us, this is not an option. To work toward achieving these goals, New York must make investments and statutory changes in 2015. Read More


Court Strikes Down Restrictions in Medicaid Coverage for Compression Stockings and Orthopedic Footwear

On September 15, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an amicus brief in support of plaintiffs-appellees in Davis v. Shah, the class action lawsuit challenging the State’s limits on compression stockings and orthopedic footwear. Read More


Executive Actions to Shield Millions from Deportation

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a number of executive actions on immigration. Read More


Governor Cuomo Signs Executive Order Establishing Commission to Create Employment First Policy for New York

Empire Justice Center is so pleased to see Governor Andrew Cuomo taking steps to move New York forward in creating an Employment First policy in New York State by creating this new Employment First Commission. Read More