Fisher Phillips Partner Breaks Down Federal Virus Liability Shield Legislation with Bloomberg Law
Senate Republicans are pushing to pass a virus liability shield for businesses that would give them an advantage in litigation but wouldn’t necessarily spare them the time and expense of defending themselves in court. Depending on how the federal proposal gets written, companies would have to show their business operations didn’t amount to gross negligence amid the pandemic. Karl Lindegren, co-chair of Fisher Phillips’ California Litigation practice, tells Bloomberg Law that even if Congress passes liability limits related to virus exposure, COVID-19-related workplace suits won’t likely be addressed. He is advising employers to be proactive about precautions to protect workers and customers, rather than wait for a government mandate or liability shield.
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