Deputy Comm. Director
Statement on the Passage of HB 112
Feb. 11, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ATLANTA-- On Tuesday (2/9), the Georgia House of Representatives passed House Bill 112 by a vote of 99-69. House Bill 112 extends the provisions found in the Georgia COVID-19 Pandemic Business Safety Act which waives liability for employers if an employee contracts the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Republican leadership in the Georgia House wants you to think this bill is about protecting small businesses— it’s not. House bill 112 attacks our hard-working neighbors and families who are forced to work hazardous environments that show blatant disregard for their safety and well-being by removing their opportunity to have a day in court. Our country has long stood by our workers’ right to have their voice heard in our justice system through civil cases; house bill 112 silences that right and their voice. Voting against house bill 112 was not a vote against Georgia’s small businesses. Instead, it was a vote in favor of a worker’s rights when put into danger by bad-actor employers who have no standard for treating their workers properly.
Georgia Republicans are only pretending to help our small businesses while they send millions of our tax dollars to out-of-state special interest. In contrast, Georgia House Democrats are turning our words into action and fighting to provide relief for our hurting businesses, demanding investment in our communities, and protecting the rights of our workers.