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NFIB Argues for Property Owners’ Rights in Supreme Court Amicus Brief (08/11/2022)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 11, 2022) – NFIB filed an amicus brief in the case Wilkins v. United States at the U.S. Supreme Court. The case concerns whether the Quiet Title Act’s statute of limitations is a jurisdictional requirement or a claim-processing rule. NFIB argues the Act’s statute of limitations does not meet the Court’s high bar to be jurisdictional.

“This case will impact property owners nationwide, including small business property owners,” said Beth Milito, NFIB Senior Executive Counsel. “With property ownership comes several distinct rights, which this case threatens to curtail. Small businesses in particular are at a disadvantage in property disputes against the government. NFIB urges the Supreme Court to reverse the lower court’s decision.”

NFIB’s brief argues three main points: 1) the text of the Quiet Title Act’s statute of limitations does not meet the high bar to be jurisdictional, 2) the Court’s recent jurisprudence overwhelmingly leads to the conclusion that the Quiet Title Act’s statute of limitations is an ordinary nonjurisdictional claim-processing rule, and 3) the Court should reinforce the importance of property rights, and in cases between the government and private property owners, courts should consider rendering close calls in favor of the private property owner.

Business Climate

Does Your Small Business Need a DUNS Number? (08/03/2022)

Information on what a DUNS number is and how it can be used for your small business

Small business owners have likely heard of a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number at some point, but may not have one, or feel the need to get one. When deciding if a business needs a DUNS Number, it is important to understand what it is used for and how it could be beneficial.

What is a DUNS Number?

It is a nine-digit identification system assigned to businesses. DUNS numbers are used by lenders and potential business partners to help determine the reliability and financial stability of the company in question. It is similar to a social security number but must be requested directly from Dun & Bradstreet.

It should be noted that a DUNS number can be created for a business without its permission or knowledge if a third-party supplier or financial institution requests information about the business. Checking if your business already has a DUNS number is a great place to start. You can check whether you have a DUNS number and verify that your information is correct here.

Does a small business need a DUNS number?

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Small Business Marketing

Expert Criticizes Email For Customer Communication, Says Texting Is Superior (04/19/2022)

In a USA Today (4/14, Deerwester) column, lawyer, speaker, and author Steve Strauss wrote that “email is actually a fairly horrible way for business generally, and small business, in particular, to communicate with customers. Unopened and unwanted, ignored and abandoned, emails simply don’t get through anymore.” Strauss went on to argue that texting is superior to emailing.

Wages and Benefits

NFIB webinar explains the employment process to help recruit and retain workers (06/14/2022)

On June 1, the “Hiring & Retaining the Best Talent in a Tight Labor Market: HR Basics for Small Business” webinar was hosted by Senior Executive Counsel for the NFIB Small Business Legal Center Elizabeth Milito and Executive Director for the NFIB Research Center Holly Wade.

NFIB’s research shows that small business owners are struggling with workforce shortages. Forty-seven percent of small business owners are reporting they have job openings they could not fill, and an NFIB survey shows expectations for better business conditions in six months is the lowest it’s been in the nearly 50-year survey.

“While the last two years really demonstrated how resilient and important small businesses are to our economy, I would say that small businesses run America, the pandemic also showed some inefficiencies and deficiencies in businesses,” Milito explained. “Small business and larger businesses too, particularly when it comes to issues related to recruitment and retention of employees.”

For small business owners, it is important to re-examine the processes that are being used for recruiting employees and finding new and effective ways to retain employees.