Employers clearly have reasons to hesitate before making operating decisions due to unknown risks associated with the coronavirus and the potential legal liability they may face in a lawsuit alleging their actions are the reason someone was exposed to the coronavirus.
Thanks to expected activity that continues in Columbus this week, the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) expects legislation that the business community has been advocating for will be signed by the Governor, granting civil liability immunity for businesses, schools, health-care providers and other employers, as well as health-care workers, against lawsuits claiming they helped transmit the coronavirus. The protection would extend through September of next year.
Click here for a recent state advocacy communication GCP signed-on to, as part of a larger effort with various, diverse Ohio groups and organizations.
Protecting employers and our health care providers for their essential work is critical. And, approving state legislation that tackles these challenges can serve as the foundation of Ohio’s economic rebound by affording employers more predictability about their legal risks as they operate.
GCP appreciates Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof and House Speaker Bob Cupp for their leadership on this issue as we continued to work with legislative leaders and stress the importance of providing the business community with appropriate liability protection from litigation arising from the pandemic.