As Hollywood Reopens, COVID-19 Liability Waivers Abound; Unions Say ‘Do Not Sign’

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Reprinted from The Los Angeles Times by Anousha Sakoui on September 11, 2020.

As many production companies attempt to resume filming, many are asking crews to give up the right to make any claims against them if they get sick with COVID-19.

Such liability waivers are being widely used despite many of Hollywood’s entertainment unions cautioning members not to sign them before first getting advice.

To sign or not to sign is a quandary facing thousands of entertainment industry workers who are eager to go back to work after a months-long shutdown. …

Entertainment unions have urged their members not to sign COVID-19 liability waivers. One concern is to protect the privacy of their members, should they get sick or have a preexisting condition. Union leaders also want to make employers accountable for maintaining safe workplaces. …

LA Times 9/11

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