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ND Senate passes bill to free business from COVID litigation

The North Dakota State Senate passed a bill that will bar employees from suing their employer...
The North Dakota State Senate passed a bill that will bar employees from suing their employer if they believe they contracted COVID-19 while on the job.(KFYR)
Published: Mar. 17, 2021 at 2:14 PM CDT
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BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) - The North Dakota State Senate passed a bill that will bar employees from suing their employer if they believe they contracted COVID-19 while on the job.

Employees and employers endured uncountable adaptations to continue work in the pandemic, but many people believe they got COVID while at work.

Supports say the bill gives smaller businesses a safe harbor from litigation, but opponents said it gives immunity to companies that intentionally ignored health guidance.

“It’s really unfortunate that those vast majority of really good employers and really good workers have to take the brunt for those who did not do the right thing, and potentially won’t be held responsible because of it,” said Sen. Erin Oban, D-Bismarck.

Sen. Jerry Klein, R-Fessenden, said this is not a get-out-of-jail card for businesses.

The bill gives companies protection through 2027, but that limit may be dropped entirely in the coming weeks.

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