Friday, September 03, 2021

NFIB Urges U.S. District Court in Tennessee to Uphold Decision to End COVID-19 Unemployment Supplements Early

NFIB press release, NASHVILLE (Sept. 3, 2021) – The NFIB Small Business Legal Center has filed an amicus brief with the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee in the case of C.M. v. Lee, supporting Gov. Bill Lee’s decision to end federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits early. Click here to read the brief.

“The federal unemployment benefit was always intended as a temporary fix to last year’s sudden downturn,” NFIB State Director Jim Brown said. “Some people might be staying home to care for young children or older relatives or because they’re looking for a specific job, but ending the federal benefit early clearly has encouraged more people to return to work and kept Tennessee’s labor shortage from being worse.” 

Karen Harned, executive director of the NFIB Small Business Legal Center, said, “Governor Lee clearly has the authority to end Tennessee’s participation in a federally funded program that he believes discourages some people from reentering the workforce and frustrates the state’s economic recovery.” 

The NFIB Small Business Legal Center protects the rights of small business owners in the nation’s courts. NFIB is currently active in more than 40 cases in federal and state courts across the country and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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