Are Studios and Networks Liable if Actors or Crew Contract COVID-19 on Set?

”It’s a risk to the employee coming back, it’s a risk for the employer of being sued and it’s a risk to the insurance company,“ one lawyer tells TheWrap

Studios, networks and production companies are figuring out ways to bring cast and crew back onto film and TV sets safely, but ramping up production too early could pose a risk to everyone, as standard insurance policies won’t provide much protection for either companies or employees.

According to multiple experts in the employment law and liability field, studios and networks are required to uphold safe working environments for employees — but can’t necessarily be held liable if an employee falls ill, given that it’s extremely difficult to prove they contracted the virus at the workplace as opposed to someplace else.

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Beatrice Verhoeven, PWS

Beatrice Verhoeven

Film Editor, Twitter: @bverhoev