NY Times Opinion: McConnell’s Rush to Protect Businesses Endangers Everyone Else

May 18, 2020

To reopen safely, companies need good, clear and mandatory guidelines, not immunity from liability.  There’s a tension at the heart of all of the plans to reopen the country in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic: The economy needs Americans to get back to work, but workplaces need employees and customers to feel that coming back won’t endanger their health or their lives.

Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, seems to be concerned primarily with the first half. The biggest obstacle, as he sees it, is not a deadly disease but rapacious trial lawyers, capitalizing on the virus to chase ambulances and bankrupt American businesses.

“If people don’t come and businesses are afraid to open because of the lawyers that are lurking on the curbside outside their doors, we won’t have the reopening we want,” he said late last month. He warned of “years of endless lawsuits” from employees and customers flooding the courthouses with claims that a business’s negligence infected them with the virus. He’s called this supposed wave of litigation a “second pandemic.”

As Congress gears up for the next installment of its stimulus package, Mr. McConnell has drawn a line: No more money for anyone until businesses get immunity from liability during the pandemic. The demands being debated include making it harder to claim that a business is at fault for a worker’s or customer’s infection, protecting businesses that are making personal protective equipment like masks for the first time, and protecting employers against privacy lawsuits if they disclose a worker’s infection.

The problem is that immunity doesn’t just shield the worst actors; it also punishes the best, by giving a competitive advantage to the businesses that decide to cut corners at the expense of worker and customer health and safety.

Categories
No topics.
Keywords
New York State Injury Worker Benefits COVID-19

Share:

Most Recent Posts

Chili's shooting survivor battles NYS Workers Compensation Board For Telehealth Access

Thu May 19 2022 - The woman who survived the 2018 killings at the…

Tonawanda Woman fights for change to Workers’ Compensation law after death of baby

(WIVB) — A Tonawanda woman, who lost her baby, is fighting to change…

Want To Know More About Your Attorneys?!

You want to know more about your attorneys?! Here is more about…

Welcome Kallie Banker

We are thrilled to welcome Kallie Banker to our team of attorneys!

Op-Ed | New York’s injured workers need support

New York’s injured workers have long had to deal with a confusing…

Kathryn M. KirschReviewsout of 4 reviews
Law Office of Kathryn M Kirsch BBB Business Review

Office Location:

Law Office of Kathryn M Kirsch
295 Main Street
Suite 1090
Buffalo, NY 14203

716-861-2300 (p)
716-200-1707 (f)

© 2016 -2022: Kathryn Kirsch, Esq.

Powered By: Connare Tech, Inc.