Michigan House votes to shield employers from virus lawsuits


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A divided Michigan House has voted to shield health providers and businesses from coronavirus-related lawsuits filed by patients, employees or customers, advancing bills that majority Republicans say would give businesses more comfort to reopen and block frivolous complaints.

Opponents counter that the measures would make it too tough for negligence victims to sue.

Many Democrats voted against the legislation, which was sent to the GOP-led Senate.

The measures, passed Wednesday, would protect employers from liability if a worker is exposed to the coronavirus during Michigan’s emergency despite the employer having substantially complied with health rules.

Immunity wouldn’t apply if an employer willfully disregarded regulations.

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