Urge U.S. Senators To Cosponsor Safe To Work Act On Business Liability Protection
U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) recently introduced important legislation to expand liability protections for businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic known as the “Safe to Work Act” (S. 4317).
The bill is retroactive to December 2019 and provides reasonable liability protection against COVID-19 lawsuits through October 2024 for businesses who have made good faith efforts to comply with government guidance.
The legislation does not protect bad actors in cases where there is willful misconduct or gross negligence to the safety of an individual. The legislation provides preemption from state laws unless state laws provide greater liability protection.
Meanwhile, PMAA joined a coalition in sending a letter to U.S. Senate leadership in support of the bill.
Specifically, the letter states, “The Safe to Work Act would ensure that businesses that made reasonable, good faith efforts to protect customers and employees from the spread of COVID-19 are protected from frivolous legal claims arising from events occurring at any point during this national emergency. Moreover, it would put important procedural protections in place that will ensure that America’s businesses are not inundated with and pressured to settle meritless lawsuits.”
It is important for everyone to reach out to their lawmakers in support of the bill.