Plaintiffs seeking someone to blame for COVID-19 issues must not target small business
PHOENIX, July 1, 2020—NFIB’s monthly Jobs Report released this morning was absent any silver-linings, one more reason, according to the association’s Arizona state director, to get moving on liability protection for small-business owners.
“Ever-changing state and local business restrictions are contributing to the uneasiness of small-business owners,” said Chad Heinrich, Arizona state director for NFIB. “And, I expect this uneasiness will not subside as we see the federal support come to an end. Although small-business owners are a tenacious group, we are not seeing confident moves forward yet. Small-business owners in Arizona need to know that when they open their doors they won’t be hamstrung by a punitive government or pinned down by plaintiffs seeking someone to blame for COVID-19 issues.”
Today’s Jobs Report showed the small business labor market has further weakened in June. Firms reduced employment by 0.28 workers per firm over the past month, weaker than the decrease of 0.17 workers per firm in May. Unchanged from last month, 6% reported increasing employment an average of 2.6 workers per firm and 22% (up one point) reported reducing employment an average of 4.6 workers per firm (seasonally adjusted).
Commented NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg, “As states change reopening rules and dates, sometimes easing restrictions, small businesses are feeling various levels of uncertainty as to what comes next. With recent COVID-19 spikes in some cases, many state governments are reversing prior decisions and reducing the potential for small business to earn needed revenue.”
Click here to read NFIB’s national news release on the Jobs Report.
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For more than 77 years, NFIB has been advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven association. Since its founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses and remains so today. For more information, please visit nfib.com.
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