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Thu Jul 30, 2020, 03:17 PM

Column: In GOP plan, you can't sue your employers for giving you COVID -- but they can sue you

Excellent article but I can only post 4 paragraphs.


Instead, focus on the provision in its coronavirus relief bill that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) calls a must-have in any bill that passes: It’s liability protection for employers whose employees get sick at work.

This proposal has received scant attention in coverage of the GOP plan. But it’s more vicious than you could possibly imagine.

In their initial pleadings, plaintiffs would have to list “all places and persons” they had visited and all persons who visited their home during the 14 days before they suffered symptoms of COVID-19.

In other words, an employer could exempt itself from federal labor law by examining its “options” or deciding that maintaining a safe workplace was just too darned hard to achieve. If a business issued or posted a written policy on limiting transmission of the coronavirus, that would be enough to achieve immunity from lawsuits.


https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2020-07-29/covid-employer-liability

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Reply Column: In GOP plan, you can't sue your employers for giving you COVID -- but they can sue you (Original post)
underpants Jul 2020 OP
Faux pas Jul 2020 #1
fleur-de-lisa Jul 2020 #2
LastDemocratInSC Jul 2020 #3
CozyMystery Jul 2020 #10
LastDemocratInSC Jul 2020 #11
Cirque du So-What Jul 2020 #4
erronis Jul 2020 #5
underpants Jul 2020 #8
Hoyt Jul 2020 #6
CaptYossarian Jul 2020 #7
BigmanPigman Jul 2020 #9

Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu Jul 30, 2020, 03:25 PM

1. Kickin' with disgust!

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu Jul 30, 2020, 03:26 PM

2. Why do republicans hate the working class?

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 30, 2020, 03:59 PM

3. Because a worker is just that: A unit of available labor.

To be used when and where it's desirable to do so, and for the least possible expense. Preferably for zero expense. The worker's rewards come in the sweet bye and bye.

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Response to LastDemocratInSC (Reply #3)

Thu Jul 30, 2020, 06:26 PM

10. Just like Rev. James Lawson said today,

our economic system is rightly called "Plantation Capitalism".

If you don't know who Rev. Lawson is, watch John Lewis's funeral. He is a powerful speaker.

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Response to CozyMystery (Reply #10)

Thu Jul 30, 2020, 07:11 PM

11. I heard the last 10 minutes of his presentation.

I was on the way home. I didn't know his name at that point but his words gave me goosebumps - quite a case of them - so I pulled into a Target parking lot and just listened. It was awesome, as you know. Very powerful, enough to elicit a strong emotional response.

I hope he's written books. I could use more of his thoughts and style.

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 30, 2020, 04:01 PM

4. Because their love for the monied class knows no bounds

Anything that benefits or protects workers is anathema to the 1% and, therefore, that’s how the repugs legislate.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu Jul 30, 2020, 04:07 PM

5. Per your comment about only posting 4 paras: I think a screenshot/jpg can be absolutely huge.

I don't understand DU's technical restrictions but I've seen OPs with 100's of lines/pictures. Apparently twitter injections of content don't count either.

I hate to circumvent well-intentioned restrictions but it appears others do it frequently.

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Response to erronis (Reply #5)

Thu Jul 30, 2020, 05:01 PM

8. Copyright rules.

4 paragraphs is the rule.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu Jul 30, 2020, 04:33 PM

6. I think defendants have always been able to sue for frivolous lawsuits.

Not easy to prove, and would likely remain so.

I’d almost bet, it would be easy to overcome a motion to dismiss based upon, “it was just to difficult to reasonably safeguard workers,” or “we had a policy” when the policy was knowingly ineffective or was never followed. But, I’m no lawyer.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu Jul 30, 2020, 04:46 PM

7. They'll just fire up the unions again.

Governing via Acme. They're Wile E. Coyote times 300.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu Jul 30, 2020, 06:08 PM

9. I think I heard there is a "no malpracrice lawsuits until 2024"

item slipped into the GOP's part of the plan.

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