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NY Woman Fined For No Workers’ Comp For In-Home Nurses

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

As a company, when you hire someone as an employee, you often have to have workers’ compensation insurance for them under state law. But there is where things become murky. What if you are an individual using in-home care? Do you have to have a workers’ compensation policy in place for the nurses? The… Read More »

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I Qualify For SSDI. What Other Benefits Can I Get?

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

If you cannot work due to a disability, you likely have issues with income. Yes, you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, but it is still a process to get approved. And even then, the benefits are not always substantial enough to pay for your bills and other expenses. So you… Read More »

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Incomes Of Male Veterans Receiving Disability Benefits: Statistics

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides a variety of benefits for veterans. When a veteran is considered disabled while on active duty,  they can receive compensation if they meet the VA’s strict rules and requirements. In 2022, the VA spent $125 billion on disability payments for 5.3 million beneficiaries. Those payments are based… Read More »

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Benefits For Dependents Of Veterans

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

Veterans often get injured or killed while in the service. When this happens, the whole family is affected, including spouses and young children. It can be a frustrating situation, especially when there is loss of income involved. When financial issues mount, what options do dependents of veterans have? As it turns out, there are… Read More »

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Understanding Workers’ Compensation Benefits In New York

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

As a worker, you may know that you may be entitled to compensation if you become sick or injured while on the job. But do you know the processes and what to expect? The process of getting workers’ compensation benefits can be confusing. The laws vary by state. Your compensation is based on your… Read More »

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“Freelance Isn’t Free Act” Signed Into New York Law

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

Many people enjoy doing freelance work. They work on the projects they want, use their own equipment, and set their own hours. Sure, you often have to hustle to get jobs, but if you get regular jobs, it can be a nice alternative to working 9-5 in an office. However, one of the biggest… Read More »

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VA Benefit Claims Updates For 2023

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

As we head into 2024, you may wonder about the progress of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Due to the PACT Act, which expanded health care and benefits for veterans exposed to toxic substances such as burn pits and Agent Orange, veterans have filed for benefits at the highest rates ever — exceeding… Read More »

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More Employees Suffering Workplace Illnesses And Injuries

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

When the COVID pandemic came to the United States in March 2020, it forced a lot of companies to work from home and help prevent the spread of the deadly disease. Having workers at home also reduced the risk of workplace injuries. Many companies started mandating return to work last year. As the number… Read More »

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Veterans Ordered To Repay VA In Overpayments

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

Veterans are often worried about getting benefit checks from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). However, many veterans are facing another issue: being ordered to repay five or six figures. That’s right — Thousands of low-income veterans are being told that they were overpaid in their pension payments and now they need to pay… Read More »

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How Employers Can Promote Workplace Safety

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

Nobody wants to work in an unsafe environment, but safety is not always a priority for employers. Millions of workplace accidents happen every year in the United States. While accidents are decreasing, they can still happen. Employers need to be mindful of this. Not only are employees paying the cost with injuries and disabilities,… Read More »

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