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I just received a Stop Work Order and Penalty Notice from the New York State Workers Compensation Board. What Can I Do?

A: This is a very serious problem affecting your business. A Stop Work Order means that you MUST cease all operations and that you cannot conduct any work and earn any money until the Order is officially removed. Further, your receipt of an Order may lead to disbarment from Public Works contracts or subcontracts for one (1) year or up to five (5) years. The Order or a Penalty Notice can be devastating to your business. Section 141(a) of the Workers Compensation Law empowers the Board to issue Stop Work Orders.

You should read the Order and Notice thoroughly. Your response must be carefully considered and, if done incorrectly or inaccurately, you risk making damaging admissions which can cost you thousands of dollars in penalties and a possible subsequent judgment. Instead, contact our experienced New York Workers’ Compensation Penalty and Fine Lawyers who have over 25 years of legal experience and have successfully saved small businesses hundreds of thousands of dollars from the government.

Contact us now for a free telephone consultation. You spent a lifetime building your business – don’t let New York State take away your business and life savings over a technicality.

Q: What can your Law Firm do for me?

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for top.lawyers.arrive.mag.2011.jpgA: Our Workers Compensation Penalty and Fine Attorneys will protect your business and your assets. Our New York Lawyers know the Workers’ Compensation law and the administrative procedures. Based on our arguments and legal presentations, we have saved companies over $1,000,000.00 dollars by obtaining a rescission and/or complete or partial reduction of the judgment or penalty notice. Call our Attorneys now to discuss how we can defend your business against this Stop Work Order, Penalty or Judgment. Your business may be exempt from the law or you have strong legal defenses. Call us now at (800) 893-9645 for a confidential telephone consultation to learn how to protect and defend your business.

Recently, New York State has increased its efforts to penalize businesses that do not comply with the Workers’ Compensation Law and, as part of its process, the State has significantly increased the monetary penalties by approximately ten fold. Currently, covered employers are subject to a $2,000.00 penalty for every ten days of non-compliance. This is a significant increase from the prior penalty amount of $250.00. Once the State has obtained a judgment, it can seize your bank accounts and place liens on valuable and crucial business assets. Collection agencies will be assigned to execute on your account. If unpaid, the amount of the judgment may increase with the accumulation of interest. In addition, a judgment can negatively impact a company’s credit report and score, its ability to obtain financing, and its relationships with vendors. The worse thing you can do is to ignore the Notice and hope that it will go away. Unfortunately, that is not a realistic or practical option. Call our office to learn your rights.


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