Posted on: Saturday, March 14, 2020 Coronavirus Indemnification: Government Should Broadly Authorize Use of P.L. 85-804 to Protect Contractors, as with Anthrax and Ebola Homeland Security Today
The Federal Government’s response to COVID-19 will depend on contractors receiving awards to combat the virus. Accepting these work scopes will heighten the risk that contractor employees will be exposed to coronavirus, which spreads quickly and appears to have a higher lethality rate than the normal flu. The potential liability to contractors from tort suits, by employees and others, cannot be estimated. Fortunately, the U.S. Government has a legal tool available to indemnify contractors that are willing to accept this important mission of defeating this deadly pathogen.
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