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KACo supports legislation to protect employers from frivolous COVID-19 lawsuits

Jennifer Burnett
Senate Bill 5 protects jobs by offering meaningful protections from frivolous COVID-19 lawsuits that could further harm the economy.

KACo has joined a large coalition of businesses and associations to support the legislation.


Update: On Tuesday, February 9, the Senate Economic Development, Tourism, and Labor Committee passed SB 5 with a Senate committee substitute. The new language narrows the liability protection to only claims related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read the full committee substitute. 


Senate Bill 5 protects:

  • Everyone who owns, leases, manages or controls a facility that the public enters to obtain goods, services or conduct activities
  • Public and private schools, churches, entertainment and sports venues, government agencies and homeowners 
  • Individuals and businesses called into public service because they were deemed “life sustaining” with the same immunity that other state agents enjoy

This legislation DOES NOT provide protection for any business or other organization that acts in a malicious or grossly negligent way to ignore executive orders or guidance.

Senate Bill 5 accounts for Kentucky’s “jural rights” doctrine to ensure access to courts while protecting business and health care workers so Kentucky can successfully and safely get back to work.

Download a fact sheet here.

The following organizations support Senate Bill 5:

Kentucky Association of Counties
400 Englewood Drive Frankfort, KY 40601