Legislation that would grant civil liability immunity for certain health care and service providers cleared the Ohio Senate in late June. The bill aims to provide Ohio businesses legal protections against potential Coronavirus lawsuits. The Ohio House of Representatives passed similar legislation in May. The business community is hopeful the legislature will agree to achieve greater certainty for employers during this time of great uncertainty.
In federal news, the U.S. Senate is reportedly preparing to offer a five-year shield from Coronavirus lawsuits as part of a future relief proposal. The initiative is said to be retroactive from December 2019 through 2024, or the end of an emergency declaration issued by the Department of Health and Human Services if that is later. The proposal will very likely be a part of negotiations with the administration and the U.S. House of Representatives.
The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s advocacy team remains in close contact with legislative leaders on both the state and federal levels of government as proceedings continue.