How to Head Off Legal Risk as the Economy Reopens, Brainyard
In an article published by Brainyard on May 27, 2020, Glianny Fagundo provides insight on how companies continuing or restarting operations are assessing the risk of potential lawsuits stemming from new health and safety policies in response to COVID-19.
From a legal standpoint, Fagundo explains that companies should first be thinking about personal liability. “While a customer would have an extremely hard time demonstrating that he or she contracted COVID-19 at a particular business since the virus is widespread, that does not mean that they will not try it,” said Fagundo. She recommends that businesses talk to their insurance brokers to see the risks for which they are currently insured and review deductibles, liability limits and guidance on how to reduce exposure.
Fagundo advises that companies should also be thinking carefully about staffing decisions, OSHA and other health regulations or recommendations, and employee privacy to avoid any legal repercussions with reopening.
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