Liability protection from from frivolous COVID-19 lawsuits highlight accomplishments for small business
Protected Small Business from COVID-19 Lawsuits
A bill passed in the August 2020 Special Legislative session to protect business owners from frivolous lawsuits related to COVID-19. Businesses are immune from civil liability for personal injury or death resulting from exposure to COVID-19, if the business substantially complies with controlling health standards. NFIB worked with the business community to advocate for these protections for businesses that are complying with CDC and local health guidelines.
Spared Small Business from Paid Leave Measure
The 2019 Legislature introduced a bill to mandate paid leave on any company with 25 or more employees. NFIB, working with the business community, exempted businesses with 50 or fewer employees from having to provide paid leave to their workers. Also exempted were temporary and seasonal workers.
Many Small Businesses Exempt from Minimum Wage Increase
The 2019 legislature passed AB 456 that will increase the minimum wage starting July 1, 2020 to $9, or $8 if you provide health insurance. There are some business lobbyists who may sue over the bill, as they don’t think the legislature has the authority to raise minimum wage since it’s in our constitution. NFIB is following that discussion and will evaluate joining such a lawsuit if one is filed.