As essential workers across the country accuse employers of failing to keep them safe on the job, Senate Republicans are pushing to shield businesses from legal liability if workers or customers are exposed to COVID-19. Mike Jackson was working a mandatory overtime shift at a Wisconsin engine plant in May when a co-worker saw him slumped over at his station. The 45-year-old was sent home for the day, but was back on the assembly line two days later. But when he returned, Jackson collapsed again and was sent to the hospital, where he tested positive for COVID-19. He died 10 days later. According to his mother Virl Newsom, Jackson was worried if he didn't show up, he'd risk losing his job at Briggs Stratton, where he'd worked since 2017.