ATRA supports the SAFE TO WORK Act as part of the Senate’s HEALS Act legislative package for coronavirus relief.
ATRA Encouraged by Sen. McConnell’s Focus on Liability
Senate Majority Leader Prioritizes Employer Liability Protection Shield
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has made employer liability protection a cornerstone priority of the next coronavirus relief package. While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has expressed opposition to such vital protection efforts, ATRA is nonetheless encouraged to see Congressional leaders realize the importance of providing essential protection to business owners as the country determines how to re-open for business.
Congress, the Trump administration and individual states all should foster a reliable and predictable business climate that will give companies the confidence to re-open for business without fear of potential legal repercussions should an employee contract COVID-19 while at work.
Businesses of all sizes must be made aware of what sort of liability they will or will not face before they begin the process of re-opening. ATRA urges lawmakers at both the federal and state level to make these determinations prior to re-opening for business.
ATRA’s policy recommendations and liability concerns were relayed to the Trump Administration, Congress, and state government leaders in the early weeks of the outbreak, and we have since been detailed in a comprehensive white paper.
ATRA President Tiger Joyce writes about the American Law Institute’s diversion from its original mission in this opinion editorial for Law360.
ATRA President says COVID-19 statutes reflect a broader perspective than lawsuit shields as they are enacted by lawmakers, not just a single governor.
Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed into law reforms to the state’s punitive damages system, writes John Breslin for the St. Louis Record.
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed S.B. 591 to amend Missouri’s consumer protection act and the state’s punitive damages system.
Federal Judge William Shubb ruled that due to insufficient evidence, California cannot require glyphosate-based weedkiller Roundup to be labeled as “known to the state of California to cause cancer.”
ATRA cited in an opinion editorial by John DeMaggio for The Hill regarding potential lawsuit abuse in the wake of COVID-19.
ATRA thanks Gov. Kim Reynolds for signing and the Iowa legislature for passing S.F. 2338, providing COVID-19 liability protections and reforming phantom damages in Iowa.
ATRA urges the Pennsylvania legislature to enact liability protections for critical industries like healthcare providers, PPE manufacturers and small businesses.
ATRA encourages the Louisiana State Senate to pass and Gov. John Bel Edwards to sign H.B. 57 to help reduce auto insurance rates.