NFIB urges U.S. District Court in Tennessee to uphold decision to end COVID-19 unemployment supplements early

NASHVILLE – The NFIB Small Business Legal Center has filed an amicus brief with the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee in the case of C.M. v. Lee, supporting Gov. Bill Lee’s decision to end federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits early. Click here to read the brief. 

“The federal unemployment benefit was always intended as a temporary fix to last year’s sudden downturn,” NFIB State Director Jim Brown said. “Some people might be staying home to care for young children or older relatives or because they’re looking for a specific job but ending the federal benefit early clearly has encouraged more people to return to work and kept Tennessee’s labor shortage from being worse.”

Karen Harned, Executive Director of the NFIB Small Business Legal Center, said, “Gov. Lee clearly has the authority to end Tennessee’s participation in a federally funded program that he believes discourages some people from reentering the workforce and frustrates the state’s economic recovery.”

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.

About NFIB

For more than 75 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 nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member driven. Since our founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses and remains so today. For more information, please visit

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.