ATLANTA, GA, June 01, 2020 — Allen Buckley, a fiscal conservative independent candidate in the special election race for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Kelly Loeffler, has proposed a means of “opening up” the economy that will balance the need of employees for protection from health risks and the need of employers for protection from litigation risks.
Through more debt financing, D.C. Democrats want to send more money to state and local governments and the people. D.C. Republicans want liability protection for employers.
Employees laid off generally receive unemployment benefits. However, those benefits ordinarily are lost once work is available.
Buckley proposes the following solution: Without federal involvement, Georgia and potentially other states would set legal standards for employer work conditions that, if followed, will result in freedom from liability and suit. Ohio has issued mandatory and recommended actions for restaurants, bars, hair salons, day spas, nail salons and barbershops. With input from the public (e.g. the Georgia Restaurant Association), legal standards could be set. One or more Georgia state agencies could be granted power to set some or all standards. Employees could be able to create confidential accounts with a state agency, to report violations. Perhaps two or more significant violations could result in loss of liability protection or worse.
Buckley said: “An employee should not have to choose between losing benefits and returning to an unsafe workplace—when COVID-19 can potentially result in death. Employers need protection for potential liability. The proposal I have come up with balances the needs of employees to be protected health-wise and the need of employers to be protected from lawsuits. The federal government doesn’t need to be wading into tort law or workers’ compensation law. This matter needs immediate attention by the Georgia legislature.”
Mr. Buckley’s “Save Tomorrow” campaign is about living for today and tomorrow, instead of living for today to the detriment of tomorrow. The focus is on doing things to make tomorrow as good as or even better than today, by acting now to address the nation’s financial challenges and confronting global warming in a practical way.
Mr. Buckley is an attorney/CPA. He can be reached for comment at (404) 610-1936. Mr. Buckley’s campaign website is www.buckleyforsenate.org.