State Rep. Graham Filler today issued the following statement after Gov. Whitmer signed legislation he spearheaded to protect businesses, universities, non-profit organizations and other Michigan job providers from becoming the target of frivolous lawsuits related to COVID-19:
“With these protections, our job providers will have peace of mind that if they act responsibly and invest time and money to follow public health protocols they will be protected from lawsuits related to this pandemic. Workers will have the peace of mind that they will not be punished for following public health protocols. Our healthcare heroes on the front lines have reassurance so they can focus on providing the best care possible to patients without worrying about COVID-19 lawsuits.
“These new laws illustrate just how much we can accomplish when everyone comes to the table to work together. I am hopeful the governor will continue to work with her partners in the Legislature to improve our state’s response to the pandemic and give people more hope, certainty and transparency moving forward.”
The legislation: House Bills 6030-6032, 6101 and 6159.
“It’s critically important that we all work together to move our state forward safely as this pandemic continues to linger,” said Filler, of DeWitt. “Keeping people healthy remains my priority. It’s also vital to make sure the unemployment checks out-of-work Michiganders are relying on to feed their families don’t come to a sudden, screeching halt.”