The business travel industry seeks protection from legal liability if an employee or customer signs a COVID-19 contract. According to a report in Business Travel News, several associations and organizations lobbied Congress for neglect, which they said would help travel suppliers stay in business and make it easier for companies to allow employees to travel again.
Various associations, including the US Travel Association, ASTA and GBTA, as well as associations from various industries, wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, US House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer supported Congress’s efforts to “creating a targeted and limited safe port of accountability for companies implementing federal public health guidelines related to COVID-19 transmission.” Another letter was sent to Congress asking for temporary protection of responsibility for businesses, educational institutions and non-profits that follow applicable public health guidelines on COVID-19. This letter was signed by a number of travel associations, including ASTA, the U.S. Travel Association, and many more. “The general idea in the letters is to provide a temporary shield of responsibility for businesses that follow federal, state, local and [U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidelines, “said executive vice president of the American Society of Travel Advisors, Eben Peck.” We are thinking of a scenario like, a traveler traveling to work, getting sick and possibly dying, the company is sued. The same scenario, [travel management company] rumored. TMC helped to organize a large meeting or trade show, TMC was sued. “One of the fears that many companies have is that they can face responsibility if employees or customers get sick with COVID-19. This fear can slow down industry recovery. Remington Gregg, civil law adviser and consumer rights for the Public Citizen consumer advocacy group, not believing that this protection was needed, told BTN that it was “difficult [for a plaintiff] now without business immunity to win in court for contracting Covid. Why? Because you have to show a direct cause-and-effect relationship between business actions and you catch them. “In May, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing about whether the next round of coronavirus assistance should cover the issue of accountability, debating the consequences of providing” safe “port protection to employers. Republicans and Democrats on the committee agreed that the federal government must protect workers, but republic members also argued that protection of obligations was needed to reduce litigation problems.
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