OMA Reiterates Need to Remove Amendment From House’s COVID-19 Immunity Bill

This week, the OMA told members of an Ohio Senate panel that if a harmful workers’ compensation amendment is not stripped from a bill that seeks to protect businesses from COVID-related lawsuits, the provision would plague food and beverage producers — who were specifically targeted by the amendment to House Bill 606, passed in late May.

“The last thing we should do is burden (these manufacturers) with potentially ruinous new costs,” the OMA told lawmakers. Attorney Ann Marie Sferra of OMA general counsel Bricker & Eckler echoed the sentiments on behalf of the Ohio Alliance for Civil Justice.

It’s not too late to take action. The OMA remains hopeful that the Senate will revise the bill and send it back to the House for final approval without the workers’ compensation amendment. 6/25/2020