Republicans Want To Make Sure You Can’t Sue Your Boss If You Get Sick

With millions of workers returning to their jobs amid a still-raging coronavirus pandemic, the top Republican priority for the next big coronavirus bill is preventing them from suing their employers if they get sick.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Monday that his “number one” policy for a bill sometime this month is to block “an epidemic of lawsuits” against businesses, schools and health care providers from employees, customers, students and patients.

“Unless you were grossly negligent or intentionally engaging in harmful conduct, you should be protected from liability during this process,” McConnell said at an event in Kentucky, claiming there has been a surge of lawsuits relating to the pandemic.  

“There’s an army of trial lawyers out there ready to take advantage of the situation,” McConnel said. “We cannot get back to normal if we have an epidemic of lawsuits.”

McConnell’s push to shield businesses from liability claims

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How much does your boss need to know about you?

As more people start to return to their workplaces, many employers are introducing new ways to check up on their staff, from thermal scanners to wristbands.

For workers at any of Ford’s sites worldwide, there are two new steps to the morning routine. First, answer three health questions, on your mobile phone, confirming you aren’t a risk to your co-workers. Then, get scanned at the entrance to your workplace to check you aren’t running a temperature.

It’s not just Ford, these measures are now typical for many firms as employees return. Amazon, Walmart and dozens of others – including the BBC – have introduced thermal scanners. The move is broadly welcomed by workforces, as keen as their bosses to ensure the virus is contained.

“We’ve not had anyone say no,” says Ford’s John Gardiner. “Knowing the risks, people understand we’re doing as much as we can to protect their health

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Restaurants are ‘hurting’, says Deliveroo boss

Restaurants “are hurting” due to the coronavirus pandemic, the boss of food courier Deliveroo has told the BBC.

“Even if restrictions are lifted soon, there’s going to be a long period of socially-distanced dining,” said Will Shu.

Deliveroo has expanded its UK customer base, with coronavirus accelerating the adoption of delivery apps, he said.

Speaking to the BBC’s Today programme, Mr Shu said that “Covid-19 really has marked a new era of delivery.”

“Since we started Deliveroo, there’s been this incredible adoption towards online and apps. But I think Covid-19 has brought forward this consumer behaviour by about one to three years.”

“On the other hand, our restaurant partners are hurting,” he said.

Although restaurants will be allowed to reopen in England on 4 July with social distancing measures in place, Mr Shu said that he believed that “there’s going to be an increased demand for delivery and collection.”


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