The state legislature in New York may stop mandated workers comp coverage for exercise riders in the equine industry…at least coverage paid for through the Compensation Fund for Jockeys. Lawmakers intend to shift the burden of NY workers comp coverage from the Jockey Fund to horse owners or employers directly.
The fund was originally established in 1990 to provide workers comp for jockeys, but because costs have tripled to keep exercise riders covered, legislators want to go back to pre-1990 regulations.
Although their proposal will allow the New York Jockey Injury Compensation Fund to offer coverage, the state will no longer require them to do so. Learn more about the proposed changes to workers comp coverage for jockeys by reading the article at Bloodhorse.com here.
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