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New Child Protective Worker Safety Law Signed by Governor Cuomo

Specifically, this new law raises assault in the third degree from a class A misdemeanor offense to assault in the second degree, a class D felony offense, if the offense causes physical injury and is either:
 
1.       Committed against social services district employee directly involved in an investigation of, or response to, alleged abuse or neglect of a child, vulnerable elderly person, or an incompetent or physically disabled person, and is:
 
a.       Committed with the intent to prevent such employee from completing his or her job duties, including instances where the injury is caused by a person releasing or failing to control an animal; or
 
b.      Committed by a person other than the child, vulnerable elderly person, or an incompetent or physically disabled person who is alleged to be abused or neglected, with the intent to cause the employee physical injury; or
 
2.       Committed against an employee of a social services district involved in providing public assistance and care (including foster care), and is:
 
a.       Committed with the intent to prevent such employee from completing his or her job duties, including instances where the injury is caused by a person releasing or failing to control an animal; or
 
b.      Committed with the intent to cause the employee physical injury.
 
 This law will take effect on November 1, 2012.