The 4th Congressional relief package passed in March excluded chambers and trade, professional, and destination management organizations that play a critical role in providing services and support to local business and workforce communities and more so when rebuilding our local economy. The North Chamber joined other San Antonio area partners by signing on to these letters sent to House andSenateCongressional Leaders.
Governor Abbott and State Leaders
Urge Congress to Support Employer Liability Protections
May 12 | In a letter to Congressional leaders, the State of Texas urged support for liability protections for Texas employers in the next phase of federal COVID-19 relief legislation. This legislation would protect business owners, healthcare facilities and employees, and first responders from being held liable for COVID-19 exposure claims when they adhere to relevant public health guidelines and make good faith efforts to limit the risk of exposure and infection. Read more.
Monthly Survey Results
U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) Poll | Americans support protecting employers from coronavirus lawsuits. ILR National COVID-19 Liability Survey results revealed that Americans across the political spectrum believe that employers must have protections from COVID-related lawsuits as they make decisions about how to safely and sustainably reopen their businesses.
More than six in ten Americans say that Congress should extend liability protections to employers from lawsuits related to the coronavirus.
U.S. Chamber & MetLife Small Business Coronavirus Impact Poll | Results of the Small Business Impact Poll show small businesses adopted new practices. To mitigate financial impact of the pandemic:
27% shortened their hours
26% asked customers for support or started a crowdfunding campaign
19% adjusted employee salaries or hours
19% applied for a working capital loan, an almost five-fold increase since last March
U.S. Chamber executive vice president & chief policy officer, Neil Bradley's statement