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Overpayment notices bring new heartburn to broke claimants who say DETR still owes them

November 21st, 2020 - 9:00am
Santeliz said she knows there must be a mistake because she only received a few weeks of benefits before her claim stalled indefinitely, and the amount DETR said she owes is far more than she was ever paid. But it’s still a major stressor for a mother of two who is trying to keep a roof over her head, and she’s far from the only Nevadan receiving such news.

Court finds state gaming regulators don’t have jurisdiction to discipline Steve Wynn

A photo of Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas
November 20th, 2020 - 8:40am
In an order issued Thursday, Clark County District Court Judge Adriana Escobar wrote that the state’s Gaming Control Board overstepped its regulatory bounds last year when it filed a formal complaint against Wynn seeking to prohibit the former casino executive from future involvement in the casino industry.

Federal moratorium isn’t enough to prevent some evictions in Nevada

November 17th, 2020 - 2:00am
While a statewide eviction moratorium lapsed in mid-October, Gov. Steve Sisolak has said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s moratorium should help families still on the brink of losing their homes. But many evictions are taking place anyway, amid what appears to be a difference in opinion between courts and tenant advocates over how broad the CDC moratorium’s protections extend.

Indy Q&A: What has unemployment strike force accomplished as its three-month timeframe ends?

November 11th, 2020 - 2:00am
Although claimants continue to report major delays in getting their benefits, and the first batch of hundreds of long-awaited Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) appeal hearings are just now getting underway, leaders working on the issue say they’ve made significant progress in disqualifying large groups of claims that appear fraudulent and bringing in a team of welfare eligibility workers to resolve legitimate claims and get Nevadans paid.

Sisolak appoints his former general counsel as new Gaming Control Board chair

November 10th, 2020 - 3:31pm
Gov. Steve Sisolak has chosen his former general counsel, J. Brin Gibson, to lead the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

As unemployment rolls remain swollen, some fear plight of jobless has fallen to wayside

November 7th, 2020 - 2:00am
The number of people reporting they’re out of work fell by less than 2,000 over the week. Meanwhile, DETR is fielding an avalanche of new PUA claims that it says are “highly suspect” — more than 50,000 came in last week, about five times what had become the new normal.

Legal sex worker sues Sisolak, wants state to reopen brothels or allow sex workers to work from home

October 30th, 2020 - 4:57pm
A licensed sex worker in Nevada is suing Gov. Steve Sisolak over what she calls the “unconstitutional” decision to keep the state’s legal brothels closed even as other businesses resume operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sandra Douglass Morgan leaving post as chair of Gaming Control Board

Wynn Resorts on the Las Vegas Strip
October 29th, 2020 - 3:51pm
Sandra Douglass Morgan, who has played a key role shepherding the gaming industry through the pandemic, has resigned as chairwoman and executive director of the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

Through new online system, Las Vegas residents facing eviction can defend selves without trip to court

October 29th, 2020 - 10:58am
The tool provided by the Las Vegas Justice Court allows people who have been served an eviction notice, but can’t pay the rent that’s due or otherwise address the underlying reason for their eviction, to file an answer in court. A tenant filing an answer triggers a process that results in a court setting a hearing date on the eviction.

As Nevada’s legal brothels remain closed, sex workers think bias is at play

Photo of the interior of the Mustang Ranch
October 26th, 2020 - 2:00am
Services allowing physical contact around the state have been allowed to resume service, with tattoo shops, estheticians, and massage parlors open since May. Women who work in Nevada’s legal sex industry say they feel they’re being ignored not because of the risk their business poses but because of a bias against their industry.

A gambler at heart: Derek Stevens opening first all-new resort in four decades in downtown Las Vegas

October 25th, 2020 - 2:00am
Las Vegas casino owner Derek Stevens gained a reputation for high-stakes sports wagers and a hands-on operating style that evokes memories of the Glitter Gulch gambling proprietors of a bygone era. But Stevens credited his father, a retired architect from Michigan who is conservative by nature, with planting the seed for the biggest bet taken on downtown Las Vegas in 40 years.

Women of color bear the brunt of pandemic’s economic impacts, but online training and state resources aim to help

Alejandra Salas, owner of Reno Aspire Fitness, at her gym
October 20th, 2020 - 2:00am
Nevada had the fifth highest growth rate of women-owned businesses in the country in 2019. Nationally, the same year, 50 percent of female-owned businesses were owned by women of color. But with COVID-19 causing widespread shutdowns and a subsequent economic downturn, those women of color have been hit hardest, with much higher rates of joblessness than the national average. It’s prompted both public entities and private companies to take a hard look at how they can help female business owners and their employees overcome the barriers posed by the pandemic.

DETR: Lost Wages Assistance unemployment benefit payouts have begun; hundreds of thousands of PUA claims denied for ID issues

October 16th, 2020 - 3:08pm
Nevada has received more than $400 million to dole out, which could provide four or five weeks’ worth of payments to claimants.

Planning through a pandemic: Economic Forum begins difficult task of projecting state’s tax revenue amid many unanswered questions

October 16th, 2020 - 2:00am
“I would have never thought in my career as an economist, that you'd show me an employment chart and it looks like a bird flying into a window,” Legislative Counsel Bureau Fiscal Analyst Russell Guindon said during the meeting. “To see that kind of pronounced fall, it’s just crazy.”

Federal law enforcement announces charges against 10 people for $1.2 million in unemployment fraud

Nicholas A. Trutanich, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada and Ray Johnson, Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the Federal Bureau of Investigation
October 15th, 2020 - 3:17pm
“The U.S. attorney's office and law enforcement is turning the heat up on unemployment fraudsters,” Trutanich said. “Today's announcement should send a strong message to those would-be fraudsters: Stop trying to exploit the system, and your greed is harming Nevadans."

With state eviction order lifting, what protections do tenants have and how can they use them?

October 15th, 2020 - 2:00am
Gov. Sisolak, at a press conference on Wednesday, pointed to the CDC moratorium as his response to Nevadans fearful that the end of the state directive might mean they’re booted from their homes. And he said he didn’t plan to extend the parallel state protections, saying doing so would be “duplicative.”

Nevada expects PUA appeal scheduling, Lost Wages Assistance payments to begin by month’s end

October 13th, 2020 - 5:31pm
The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) said this week that the state has been awarded more than $199 million. That’s on top of the original $224 million grant, which means that some beneficiaries could receive up to six weeks of the add-on.

State leaders: Eviction aid could evaporate before worst of housing crisis hits Nevada

October 9th, 2020 - 1:28pm
“There won't be as much use this fall for the eviction program because of the presence of the CDC moratorium ... and come January, there'll be no moratorium but there'll be no money to be able to handle eviction mediations,” Hardesty said. “That seems to me to be a problem.”

Sisolak names former marijuana trade group leader, Reno doctor to Cannabis Compliance Board

A cannabis bud in a gloved hand
October 5th, 2020 - 10:57am
“These final appointments to the CCB each bring their own unique expertise and insight to the table,” Sisolak said in a tweet. “I am confident their contributions to this board will only amplify the sound judgment and strong regulation carried out by the CCB.”

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