Some States Considering Their Own Liability Shields

Notwithstanding continuing unfulfilled promises of business liability shields from COVID lawsuits at the federal level, a number of additional states are now considering implementing their own liability shields at the state level. Currently, both Indiana and Florida are considering bills filed for the new legislative sessions that would provide a level of immunity from potentially…

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COVID-19 Lawsuits on the Rise: 5 Steps To Minimize the Risks

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought small business numerous challenges. We can now add another to the list: Employees filing increasing numbers of COVID-19 related lawsuits. In fact, according to the Fisher Phillips Employment Litigation Tracker, as of November 1, COVID-19 related lawsuits have been filed against 950 employers. The highest number of lawsuits were filed…

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Business Liability Shields

As we trudge along to a presidential winner, the question of business COVID-19 liability shields for businesses continues to generate discussion. Yesterday in DC, the U.S. House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development & Insurance held a virtual public hearing on H.R. 7011, The Pandemic Risk Reinsurance Act (PRIA). This legislation, filed by Congresswoman…

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Election Results They Did Call

While the results of the presidential will not be known, let alone certified for quite some time, such delays are not the case in a host of ballot question issues from around the country. Perhaps having the greatest immediate impact on businesses, Amendment 2 was passed by Florida voters with a 61% plurality (the constitutional…

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Florida Voters Want More Help for Small Business

It might seem like nothing more than political rhetoric when it is spewed by Washington politicians, but helping small business cope with the fallout from the coronavirus is in the forefront of the voter’s mind according to the latest survey by Goldman Sachs. The financial giant released a survey of Florida voters earlier this month…

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Florida Wage Increase Ballot Campaign Tightens

Speaking of efforts to mandate increases in state minimum wages, the latest polling on the Florida minimum wage ballot initiative shows the effort is not as sure a winner as was originally projected. Amendment 2 on the November ballot, which would increase the state current minimum wage of $8.56 per hour to $10 per hour…

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Pregnancy Accommodation Mandates

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation a few weeks ago that mandates businesses provide further accommodations for the convenience of pregnant employees. Although the Pregnancy Workers Fairness Act (H.R. 2694) has yet to pass the Senate and may never, in fact become law, it was passed by the House with overwhelming bipartisan support in…

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Ohio Adopts, Florida Considers Liability Shields

It may not be all that businesses need, but there’s many positives to be drawn from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signing HB 606 into law just over one week ago. The “Good Samaritan Expansion Bill”, as the legislation is known, provides employers with state-law immunity from civil actions brought by customers, employees or others for…

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Minimum Wage Hike on Florida Ballot

Elsewhere over the Labor Day weekend, activist groups – including SEIU and other labor unions – held rallies and protests in support of Amendment 2 on the November ballot. Amendment 2 is a constitutional amendment proposed – and funded – by Orlando attorney John Morgan to increase the state minimum wage to $15 per hour…

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