From Inc. This Morning --Cameron Albert-Deitch, Reporter, Inc.
As the newest round of coronavirus relief legislation looms, the topic of liability protection is generating attention and controversy among both lawmakers and business owners.
The idea centers around an important question: If a business reopens and one of its employees contracts Covid-19, who’s to blame? Since Congress has yet to substantially weigh in, some companies are taking it upon themselves by requiring employees to sign liability waivers as a condition of returning to work. These waivers ask employees to acknowledge and bear the potential risks of getting sick on the job.
We asked a series of experts about the practice. Their answer: It’s a very bad idea.
From a practical point of view, Covid-19 waivers aren’t exactly morale boosters. And as one labor and employment attorney described, they could be illegal on at least three fronts, opening the business up to serious consequences.
Read our story to learn why--and what you should do instead of requiring these Covid-19 waivers for your employees.