“NFIB members believe alleged violations of employer discrimination or retaliation should be filed in either state court or federal court, but not simultaneously in both,” said Brown, noting 91 percent favor such changes.
“In addition, state compensatory cap levels should mirror the current federal caps. Our members believe these reforms will ensure greater consistency and fairness in application of the law, while reducing excessive costs for defendants and ensuring plaintiffs continue to receive fair hearings,” he said.
- 67 percent support phasing out the state’s professional privilege tax, while 16 percent oppose and 17 percent are neutral
- 73 percent said business and occupational licensing should only be done at the state level, while 16 oppose and 11 percent are undecided
- 76 percent believe the state should ban the practice of lawsuit lending, while 8 percent oppose and 16 percent are undecided
Brown said NFIB members continue to express appreciation for recent reforms, including workers’ comp, unemployment, tort and tax reforms that are improving Tennessee’s business climate.
“Small business sees two vastly different landscapes at the moment,” Brown said. “Clearly, state leaders are delivering on promises to reduce burdens to help businesses increase hiring, relocate and invest more. Federal officials, however, have embarked on a reckless spending spree and an unprecedented expansion of authority over their enterprises, leading to skyrocketing costs and great uncertainty.”
The 108th Tennessee General Assembly is scheduled to reconvene Tuesday, Jan. 14.