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New York Limits Liability Shield for Nursing Home Workers

Aug. 4, 2020, 1:04 AM

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed legislation scaling back civil liability protections provided to nursing home and other health-care workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

The measure (S.8835/A.10840) clarifies the original intent of a law known as the “Emergency or Disaster Treatment Protection Act,” ensuring that temporary immunity related to the injury or death of patients is only granted to health-care professionals who are providing actual care and treatment related to Covid-19.

The immunity would not apply if the harm or damages were caused by “an act or omission constituting willful or intentional criminal misconduct, gross negligence, ...