What the New Legislation MeansThe new liability shield in place will limit civil lawsuits filed against health care providers and other businesses for potential or actual exposure to the novel coronavirus. Amid resistance to this legislation, lawyers have clarified that it isn't intended to protect businesses from reckless, willful, or grossly negligent misconduct. The laws don't keep employees from filing workman's compensation claims against employers for exposure to COVID-19. The liability shield affects each state differently, but across all states it:
- Protects businesses and employees from any COVID-related civil suits, whether pertaining to actual or potential exposure.
- Does not protect businesses from willful, intentional, reckless, or grossly negligent misconduct.
- Does not prevent employees from filing workman's comp claims regarding possible exposure to the coronavirus.