Across our country, businesses have shut down after the private sector was largely shuttered to address the COVID-19 crisis. While our economy is slowly reopening, the road to recovery will not be easy Bill G. Smith, state director of the Wisconsin National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), and president of the Wisconsin Civil Justice Council, points out in a recent op-ed that ran in Maclver Institute.
“Businesses who take adequate precautions to keep their businesses safe and open should be shielded from predatory lawsuits alleging liability for an invisible virus spreading throughout our communities,” Smith writes. “If Wisconsin lawmakers take quick action, the road to recovery still won’t be easy, but it will be better. Unless Wisconsin takes action, it will be ‘open season’ on employers and a wave of COVID-19 related lawsuits will seriously undermine efforts to restart and rebuild our state’s economy.”
There is broad support among the public and across the political spectrum for liability protections, according a recent ILR poll.