328 State Street
Minimum Qualifications Candidates must be reachable on the appropriate Civil Service eligible list.
Candidates must have one year of permanent competitive or non-competitive 55 b/c service as a Senior Attorney OR be eligible to transfer under sections 52.6 or 70.1 of Civil Service Law
Duties Description Under the direction and supervision of an Associate Attorney, the Senior Attorney reviews, analyzes and drafts Proposed Memorandum of Decision (PMODs) in response to appeals filed under the Workers’ Compensation Law (WCL), Volunteer Firefighters’ Benefit Law (VFBL), and the Volunteer Ambulance Workers’ Benefit Law (VAWBL) for review by the Associate Attorney and then submission to a panel of three Board Members. As directed by the Director, Deputy Director and Associate Attorney, the Senior Attorney
• Must prepare well written, clear concise and legally sustainable decisions in line with current case law and Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) policies and procedures.
? All relevant issues and contentions must be reviewed, addressed and resolved.
? Case folder and all physical evidence must be reviewed so all salient facts contained in the record are reviewed, applicable case law must be researched as necessary, WCB provided research tools must be consulted, a proper legal analysis must be provided and a recommended conclusion must be reached.
? Decisions must be submitted electronically for proofing and the submitted electronically for review by the Associate Attorney.
? Necessary comments must be entered in OGC Tracking.
? Legal research must be thorough and accurate.
? Work product must be of high quality.
? Must follow promulgated policy on formatting of PMODs and citation format.
? Cases are to be completed in the time allocated, which is set by Director and Deputy Director.
? Must quickly edit, correct or rewrite decisions as requested by Associate Attorney, Deputy Director or Director. Rewrites after rejections are to be completed within 3 business days of the work request.
? Must keep all work queues up to date.
• Must perform an amount of work that meets the standard for ARD. Must perform the amount of work which is assigned which is 10 cases for a 5 day work week.
• Must perform research on question of statutory and case law in the preparation of a proposed decision. Must thoroughly, promptly and accurately research any relevant legal topics which arise in the applications for review. Must be proficient in using legal search engines such as Lexis and/or Westlaw. Must properly analyze complex issues presented, including changes in statutes, rules and/or regulations and provide clear application of the law to the facts in each application reviewed.
• Must assist co-workers and supervisory staff on legal and technical issues. Must establish and maintain professional, positive working relationships with all staff.
• If assigned, must prepare revised decisions after Oral Argument when the Board Panel recommends technical corrections, amendments or rescissions of the proposed decision. Revised PMODs must clearly relate and discuss relevant facts and law in support of the recommendations made by the Board Panel following Oral Argument. Must follow-up with Associate Attorney, Deputy Director or Director if any recommendations are less than clear.
• Must perform special assignments, which includes research projects, presentations, Continuing Legal Education lectures, legal summaries, etc. at the request of the General Counsel and Director and Deputy Director of ARD.
• Must participate in the maintenance of the legal database of recurring workers’ compensation issues by suggesting new entries and changes to existing entries.
• Attend team meetings when scheduled and actively participate.
• Must timely complete all annual mandatory training courses and ensure all immediately subordinate staff complete all mandatory training courses.
• Must adhere to time and attendance rules and other administrative procedures.
Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.
328 State Street
Notes on ApplyingQualified candidates should send a letter of interest and resume which lists your actual Civil Service title, salary grade and specific verifiable information as to how you meet the minimum qualifications to be eligible to apply for this position. Please send your application to HRM@WCB.ny.gov (email applications are preferred). It is important that you reference the WCB Item #8266 in the subject line of your email to ensure receipt of your application. (Please do not reference the Vacancy ID No.)