For Immediate Release
August 3, 2020
HARRISBURG - A broad-based coalition representing industries and employers throughout Pennsylvania sent a letter today to Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation urging support for much-needed and long-overdue liability protections for those complying with health and safety guidelines.
“From medical professionals on the front lines, to those maintaining our supply chains, to childcare centers and others helping to sustain our communities, businesses that have made the investment and commitment to follow health guidelines deserve safe harbor protections to operate without the constant threat of undue litigation,” PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr said. “We’re already seeing plaintiffs’ attorneys view this crisis as an opportunity to cash in. Lawmakers must put a check on these pandemic profiteers for Pennsylvania’s economy to have a chance of bouncing back.”
The letter urges support for targeted and temporary protections for the business, nonprofit, education and healthcare communities, among others, that are provided in the “SAFE TO WORK” Act, which was introduced in the U.S. Senate and offers fair protection against unwarranted pandemic-related lawsuits but does not preclude appropriate action against bad actors or those acting irresponsibly.
“We appreciate your work and support up to this point and urge you to continue these efforts by providing temporary, targeted legal safe harbor for those operating in good faith and complying with relevant requirements,” the signatories wrote to Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senators and members of the U.S. House. “These protections will help employers survive, allow medical providers to direct their focus and resources to public health and are critical to facilitating an economic recovery.”
The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is the state's largest broad-based business association, with its statewide membership comprising businesses of all sizes and across all industry sectors. The PA Chamber is The Statewide Voice of BusinessTM.