Hundreds of South Carolina Businesses Call on Federal Delegation to Pass Liability Protections

August 12, 2020 | Posted By: Connor Watkins

Hundreds of South Carolina Businesses Call on Federal Delegation to Pass Liability Protections

In a letter organized by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce sent Tuesday to the members of the South Carolina Federal Legislative Delegation, nearly 250 businesses, healthcare providers, and educational institutions called for members to support S. 4317, the SAFE TO WORK Act. This legislation provides a temporary and targeted safe harbor from lawsuits for businesses who acted in good faith to keep their employees and customers safe. These employers are encouraging congressional leaders to include the provisions of the SAFE TO WORK Act as part of the Phase IV COVID-19 relief package.

The letter was sent to all nine members of the South Carolina Federal Legislative Delegation which includes: Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Tim Scott, Congressman Joe Cunningham, Congressman Joe Wilson, Congressman Jeff Duncan, Congressman William Timmons, Congressman Ralph Norman, Congressman Jim Clyburn, and Congressman Tom Rice.

Congress is in the midst of negotiations on the Phase IV bill, and details will likely be finalized over the next week or two.

It is increasingly looking like there is a possibility that liability is left out of the final stimulus bill. We need everyone to reach out to delegation members and utilize social media to tell them how important it is for them to provide targeted protections for the good actors that are serving us during the pandemic. Here are some sample messages you can use on social media either on your business or personal handle(s). You can also retweet items from the SC Chamber’s Twitter.

On the South Carolina state side, businesses are encouraged to tell South Carolina state legislators to support the House Bill (H.5527) that was introduced in June.