On July 30, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to members of Congress asking them to “support the timely, targeted, and temporary liability relief provisions” in the proposed Safe to Work Act.
“These crucial protections would safeguard healthcare workers, providers, and facilities, as well as businesses, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions against unfair lawsuits so they can continue to contribute to a safe and effective economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” the U.S. Chamber wrote. “This legislation is critically needed and should be enacted as soon as possible.”
The letter was signed by nearly 500 organizations, including FEDA and the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors. The Safe to Work Act, S. 4317, was introduced by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) on July 27 and is intended to protect businesses that are acting in good faith from being sued for COVID-19 exposure.
The law would cover coronavirus-related exposure injuries that occur between Dec. 1, 2019 and Oct. 1, 2024 and would create detailed procedural requirements to prevent frivolous litigation in federal court.
“The temporary and targeted liability relief provisions contained in S. 4317 are balanced and would ensure that unfair lawsuits against those who work to comply with applicable governmental guidelines do not impede the American people’s health, social, and economic recovery. Importantly, the protections contained in this legislation are limited in duration and scope,” the U.S. Chamber’s letter states. “They are not permanent changes to federal law. Furthermore, they allow states to provide additional protections if they so choose and, critically, preserve reasonable recourse for those harmed by truly bad actors.”
To read the full letter, please visit this page.