State House passes bills to restrict COVID lawsuits
The state House on Wednesday passed a group of bills that would restrict COVID-19 related lawsuits.
The Republican-majority chamber said it’s important to protect businesses during a pandemic they have no control over.
One bill, passed on partisan lines, would limit when a person who contracted COVID-19 could sue a business that led to their infection. Specifically, a person would only be able to sue if their infection caused:
- a hospitalization of at least 24 hours;
- a coronavirus-related condition causing them to miss work for 14 days (not including a 14-day quarantine period); or
It would also protect businesses that manufacture off-brand PPE such as face masks.
Two other bills would make it so businesses are not liable as long as they are following state health guidelines.
A final bill would make employees liable for going to work while sick. It also would protect employees by banning businesses from firing them for refusing to violate COVID-19 guidelines.
The bills now go to the Senate for consideration.
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