One of the keys to getting the economy restarted is properly protecting businesses from lawsuits related to COVID-19 claims. As we move forward with reopening Ohio, there are many fears and risks with the liability exposure that businesses face as they move to reopen. These fears and risks could further cripple the economic recovery. Fortunately, the Ohio House and Senate returned to Columbus two weeks ago to pass legislation to address liability protections for employers as they re-open. This legislation was signed by Gov. DeWine on September 14, making it law.
Under Ohio House Bill 606, all Ohio employers are granted qualified immunity from lawsuits alleging their action or inaction exposed someone to COVID-19. This immunity exists from the date of the governor’s state of emergency order – March 9, 2020 – and ends on September 30, 2021, giving Ohio businesses immunity from these types of lawsuits for up to an 18-month period. In addition to this general immunity coverage, Ohio’s health care providers will also have legal protections against litigation arising from care delivered in response to the coronavirus.
We hope this measure provides some peace of mind that you will not be faced with an onslaught of frivolous lawsuits. We are your local, trusted resource and will continue to proactively advocate for relief and communicate important issues that impact your risk management and insurance.
Thank you for your relationship and your business. Please stay safe and healthy.