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.
Rep. Beth Griffin and the Michigan House today gave final approval to the Unlock Michigan citizens’ initiative, removing an unconstitutional provision that the governor abused during the COVID-19 pandemic from state law.
Rep. Beth Griffin today led state House approval of a plan that would end Michigan’s participation in a federal government bonus unemployment payment program that is hindering the economic recovery from the COVID pandemic.
Rep. Griffin says the House vote Thursday evening to end the $300 weekly federal unemployment pandemic benefit next Tuesday is a move to get Michigan open again and on the road to a prosperous future.
House Workforce and Talent Development Committee Chair Rep. Beth Griffin talks about Thursday’s “State of the Workforce” committee hearing, saying more than a dozen employers testified that they need people to come back to work. Rep. Griffin also called on the Governor to end the additional $300 weekly federal unemployment benefit.