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Many U.S. businesses with COVID-19 outbreaks are facing emerging legal threats from claims that workers brought coronavirus home and infected relatives. This article outlines this new development that one risk analysis firm said could cost employers billions of dollars. Borrowing elements from “take home” asbestos litigation, these cases avoid caps on liability for workplace injuries, exposing businesses to costly pain and suffering damages, even though the plaintiff never set foot on their premises. It is currently believed that 7-9 percent of U.S. COVID-19 deaths so far stem from take-home infections. The article advises that the best protection for business owners is adopting and documenting the measures taken to protect workers.

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