NFIB Urges SC Court to Uphold Decision to End COVID-19 Unemployment Supplements Early

Date: August 10, 2021

The NFIB Small Business Legal Center has filed an amicus brief with the 5th Judicial Circuit Court of Common Pleas in the case of S.B. v. McMaster, supporting Gov. Henry McMaster’s decision to end federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits early. Click here to read the brief. 

“It is well within Governor McMaster’s authority to end South Carolina’s participation in a program that he has determined discourages some people from returning to work and frustrates the state’s economic recovery,” said Karen Harned, executive director of NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center. 

“Businesses are hiring again, but small employers say they still can’t find enough people to work,” NFIB State Director Ben Homeyer said. “Some people may be staying home to care for young children or older family members or simply because they don’t like the jobs that are out there, but without a doubt, ending the federal supplement early encouraged more people to reenter the workforce, and that has kept South Carolina’s labor shortage from being even worse.” 

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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