As Congress grapples with the next tranche of COVID-19 legislation, one key issue that has remained at the forefront of the debate is whether, and to what extent, Congress will limit COVID-19 exposure lawsuits against businesses and non-profit organizations that remain operational during the pandemic.
The leading bill is entitled the “Safeguarding America’s Frontline Employees to Offer Work Opportunities Required to Kickstart the Economy Act,” or the “SAFE TO WORK Act” (S. 4317). If enacted into law, the bill would:
There is little doubt that if passed into law, the SAFE TO WORK Act would be the most ambitious tort reform legislation effort by Congress in decades, if not of all time. While it is unclear which provisions of the SAFE TO WORK Act will ultimately be enshrined into law, the bill offers an insight into potential pandemic-related tort reform legislation of the future. The SAFE TO WORK Act is a comprehensive piece of proposed legislation that seeks to limit all three aspects of a lawsuit: procedure, merits, and relief.
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