Gov. DeWine signs bill granting employers protection from coronavirus-related lawsuits into legislation

Gov. DeWine signs bill granting employers protection from coronavirus-related lawsuits into legislation
In this Dec. 13, 2019 file photo, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks during an interview (Source: AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine will signed House Bill 606 into law on Monday afternoon during a special ceremony with several state lawmakers.

Special Bill Signing Ceremony

Gov. DeWine signs bill granting employers protection from coronavirus-related lawsuits into legislation https://bit.ly/3iuaftD

Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Monday, September 14, 2020

Now in effect, House Bill 606, also known as the “Good Samaritan Expansion Bill," grants employers of “essential” operations legal immunity from civil lawsuits related to COVID-19.

Employers protected from liability for injury, death, or loss that was caused by the transmission of the coronavirus would include hospital workers, volunteers, grocery store employees, churches, and delivery drivers.

The bill is retroactive to March 9; the date the state of emergency in Ohio was declared.

House Bill 606 was introduced by Republican State Rep. Diane Grendell

Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, Senate President Larry Obhof, and Speaker of the House Robert Cupp also participated in the 2 p.m. bill signing ceremony.

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