Press Release | July 29, 2020

CTA Applauds Legislation Protecting Businesses from Frivolous COVID-19 Lawsuits and Extending Telehealth Services

Laura Ambrosio

The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, regarding the SAFE TO WORK Act and the American Workers, Families and Employers Assistance Act.   

“CTA supports the SAFE TO WORK Act legislation, introduced by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY), which is critical to our nation’s recovery. As American businesses struggle to re-emerge from the pandemic, many are fearful they could face an onslaught of baseless claims for COVID-19 exposure.  

“This targeted legislation will give relief and certainty to responsible businesses – and only for a limited time – as they fight to re-start the U.S. economy. It will ensure small businesses and others who act responsibly can invest their resources in stabilizing our economy and rehiring American workers—not battling frivolous lawsuits.  

“CTA also supports provisions within the American Workers, Families and Employers Assistance Act introduced by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA). This legislation is a step in the right direction for extending telehealth services beyond the COVID-19 emergency period. These provisions will ensure Americans can continue receiving medical care from their doctors virtually and the progress we have made implementing these technologies is not lost. This is an important step toward permanency.  

“We urge the Senate to consider and approve these bills as quickly as possible.”