Attorney Chris Reynolds — who also happens to be head of manufacturing for Toyota Motor North America — says the industry as well as other employers are about to discover the answer to that question.
“What is the liability standard for a situation that is unprecedented? We will surely find out,” Reynolds said as he laid out plans Thursday, April 23, for Toyota’s plants in the United States and Canada to return to limited production beginning May 4.
“Nobody has a good fix on it, if I put my legal hat on. But what our legal department and our health and safety groups are doing is, they are very carefully looking at the county-by-county, state-by-state and federal guidelines that apply to things like essential business activities; what that means, how people can undertake them and how people can comply with whatever guidelines apply to a given location.”
Reynolds said it can “sometimes require a lawyerly examination” of those guidelines, especially in cases where they might…