South Carolina Small Businesses Encourage Supreme Court to Uphold Gov. McMaster’s Decision to End COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits

Date: August 27, 2021

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Aug. 27, 2021) – The NFIB Small Business Legal Center filed an amicus brief with the South Carolina Supreme Court in the case S.B v. McMaster supporting Gov. Henry McMaster’s decision to end the federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits early. NFIB previously filed an amicus brief in the case with the 5th Judicial Circuit Court of Common Pleas, which upheld McMaster’s decision but the petitioners appealed. NFIB now urges the South Carolina Supreme Court to uphold the decision.

“Governor McMaster took appropriate and legal action to end the supplemental federal unemployment benefits to support South Carolina’s economic recovery and encourage people to return to work,” said Karen Harned, Executive Director of NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center.

“Small business owners throughout the state are reporting open positions they cannot fill at record-high levels,” said Ben Homeyer, NFIB South Carolina State Director. “Ending the supplemental federal unemployment benefits is one step to encourage people to return to work and was within Governor McMaster’s legal authority.”

NFIB filed the amicus brief with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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 in the U.S. Supreme Court.

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