Employers may be tempted to view new civil immunity laws in many states as providing protection and certainty against coronavirus-related claims. On closer review, however, the new laws’ limited benefits mean you must keep caution and vigilance as top priorities.
Which States Have Passed Protective Laws
To date, the following states have passed broad civil immunity statutes purporting to protect businesses against COVID-19-related lawsuits: Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, and Wyoming. Other states, such as Alaska, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York, have enacted legislation providing liability protections to healthcare workers and facilities responding to the pandemic.