The Volunteer State followed the lead of its neighboring Georgia, Alabama and Arkansas this week when Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed the COVID-19 Recovery Act into law. The new law, which became effective with the Governor’s signature on August 17, provides that businesses, healthcare providers, schools, non-profits and other entities and individuals will not be liable for loss, damage, injury or death that arises from a COVID-19 infection unless the claimant proves “by clear and convincing evidence” that the injury resulted from an act or omission constituting gross negligence or willful misconduct. Although it only provides protection against lawsuits in the form of heightened pleading and proof requirements and does not provide absolute immunity to employers, it is an important tool for employers given recent increases in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Tennessee. The liability shield will not have any effect on worker compensation claims.