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Monday, 11 January 2021 22:42

Nebraska Chamber Seeks Legislation to Shield Businesses from COVID-19 Liabilities, but Won't 'Protect Bad Actors'

Written by David Beasley, The Center Square
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...product liability claims or employer-employee relationships. Nebraska's workers' compensation program covers the latter, he said.

 

"What we are trying to do is provide a general safe harbor for those who are opening their schools and businesses and churches and all these other entities and provide some modicum of relief for those who are directly involved in [the] provision of health care," Sedlacek said.

 

Premises liability is one area that the legislation will likely address, he said.

 

"This is for people who are opening their businesses, their places of worship, their schools to the public and are in compliance with the health care directives," he said. "If they're not in compliance, we're not trying to cover that."

 

The legislation will try to balance protecting businesses and other public facilities and those will legitimate claims, Sedlacek said.

 

"We'll have to see what we can come up with that is common consensus and can pass muster and that the legislature could enact into law," he said.

 

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