State Rep. Beth Griffin supported a bipartisan plan Wednesday to protect businesses, universities, non-profit organizations, child care centers and other Michigan job providers from becoming the target of unwarranted lawsuits related to COVID-19.
Griffin, of Mattawan, said job providers throughout Southwest Michigan have been hit hard by COVID-19 and the subsequent mandatory shutdowns. Now that most have begun to reopen, many job providers are worried about the possibility of facing lawsuits related to COVID-19 even though they have been following the recommended health and safety protocols.
“Our job providers are already struggling financially and the last thing they need to worry about is a slew of frivolous lawsuits,” Griffin said. “Local small business owners are doing their best to provide their services and put food on their family tables. We need to be patient and support them as they continue to reopen safely and sensibly.”
Under House Bills 6030-32 and 6101, job providers cannot be held liable for lawsuits related to the COVID-19 pandemic if they are taking reasonable steps to follow public health guidelines. The plan also provides more certainty for workers by preventing employers from taking adverse action against employees for following health protocols related to COVID-19.
The plan now advances to the Senate for further consideration.
Government was meant to be of the people, not one person – and the Michigan Supreme Court rightfully ruled to restore the voice of Southwest Michigan families by confirming that our state’s COVID-19 response needs to be a collaborative effort.
Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, today helped announce a plan giving the people of Michigan more certainty and control in these challenging times – allowing for data-driven COVID-19 responses that reflect conditions in local communities.
State Rep. Beth Griffin and the Michigan House earlier this month approved several measures to continue protecting and helping Southwest Michigan families during the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic, including extending unemployment benefits for Michigan’s hardworking employees who were laid off through no fault of their own.
“It’s unacceptable that our seniors have not been protected the way they deserve from the start,” said Griffin, of Mattawan. “That’s why I’m fighting for major changes to the previous nursing home mandates. Our seniors and their loved ones deserve much better.