The local business community is encouraged to see a number of reforms in the New York State budget regarding workers compensation.

NewsChannel 34 spoke with Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jennifer Conway about the changes.

She says one of the biggest victories for employers is a 2.5 year cap on Maximum Medical Improvement.

For example, if a worker is hurt, the process could be delayed and counsel can request extensions which can hold up the process for 5 to 10 years.

Now, the cap requires the process to begin within that 2 .5 year period.

In addition, Conway says more modern medical information will be used to diagnose injuries and determine awards.

Conway says it’s not what employers were looking for, but it’s a start.

“It was a tough year if you were a business owner or employer in New York State. Between the rise of minimum wage and other things, there wasn’t really something to help make doing business easier in New York State.  While this wasn’t what we were hoping for and these were not the initial reforms that we pushed for, but everybody came to the table and we were able to reach a compromise,” said Conway.

Conway says the reforms will save employers around $700 million to $800 million statewide.

In addition, the state will create a panel to study independent medical exams.