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August 12, 2020 - Coronavirus (COVID-19), Legislation

The SAFE TO WORK Act: An In-Depth Guide for Employers to the Senate's Proposed Coronavirus Liability Shield

Virginia Becomes the First State to Adopt COVID-19 Workplace Safety Mandates

On July 27, 2020, Senate Republicans introduced the HEALS Act, its response to the Democrat-backed stimulus bill, the HEROES Act. Although the HEALS Act is currently on life support in light of the stalemate in negotiations over the competing bills, employers should nonetheless take notice of one lesser publicized piece of the Senate’s proposed stimulus package: the SAFE TO WORK Act (the “Act”). The Act would create a liability shield (with retroactive effect) for employers and others “to discourage insubstantial lawsuits relating to COVID-19 while preserving the ability of individuals and businesses that have suffered real injury to obtain complete relief.”

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