Court Upholds Decision to End COVID-19 Unemployment Supplements Early

Date: August 30, 2021

NFIB State Executive Director Bill Herrle released the following statement today in response to a Leon County Circuit Court decision upholding Gov. Ron DeSantis’s decision to end federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits early. Read the court’s decision here.

“The governor clearly has the authority to end Florida’s participation in a program that inadvertently frustrates the state’s economic recovery. 

“Last summer, businesses couldn’t operate at full capacity because of social distancing and other precautions. This summer, it’s not at all uncommon to see signs telling customers that businesses are limiting their offerings and hours of operation because they can’t find enough qualified workers.

“Some people may be staying home to care for family members or because they don’t like the jobs that are available, but there’s no doubt that Florida’s decision to withdraw from the federal program early has helped the state’s economy by encouraging more people to return to work sooner,” Herrle said. 

The federal program is set to expire in September.

Last week, the NFIB Small Business Legal Center filed an amicus brief in the case of Cuccaro v. DeSantis supporting the governor’s decision. Click here to read NFIB’s brief. 

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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