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Summary: The NC Chamber made a point of proactively addressing employers’ liability concerns as part of the COVID-19-specific priorities we shared with legislators when they first convened to negotiate a response to the pandemic back in April. Thanks to our early successes on this front, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform identified North Carolina as a leader in establishing COVID-19 protections for job creators in the May edition of its ILR Briefly report – and this was before we were able to build on those protections with our successful support of House Bill 118.

Key bills discussed during the webinar included Senate Bill 704, which introduced civil liability protections for essential businesses as part of the General Assembly’s initial COVID-19 relief package, and House Bill 118, which expanded on those protections to cover more businesses and address broader liability concerns facing our state’s employers.

Joining Ray on yesterday’s webinar were Phyllis Pickett, principal staff attorney at the General Assembly; David Sousa, chief legal officer and general counsel at Curi; and Christopher Smith, partner and business litigation team co-chair at Smith Anderson. We appreciate their time and expertise.

As we work together to relaunch North Carolina, the Chamber remains committed to supporting a fair, predictable legal climate for companies like yours so you can continue to focus on doing what you do best – growing good jobs for our state’s people.