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Coronavirus | Economy & Business | Legislature

Sisolak signs COVID liability bill granting protections to many Nevada businesses, excluding schools and health services

August 11th, 2020 - 4:05pm
Updated August 11th, 2020 - 4:21pm
Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a bill on Tuesday that shields most Nevada businesses from “frivolous lawsuits” related to COVID-19 — a measure backed by some of the state’s most influential political voices including the tourism and gaming industry and the Culinary Union, but opposed by progressive groups and the entities that were left out.

Economy & Business | Environment

Nevada Gold Mines settles unfair labor practice complaint, recognizes union after federal agency accuses company of ‘unlawful conduct’

August 10th, 2020 - 4:45pm
After declining to recognize a union that represented a portion of its employees for more than 50 years, Nevada Gold Mines is reversing course as part of an agreement to settle a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, representatives for the union announced on Monday.

Coronavirus | Economy & Business | Legislature

Special session draws to a close as lawmakers pass COVID liability bill exempting hospitals, schools

Members of the Assembly, after a five-hour hearing Wednesday night, voted 31-10 to grant final approval to SB4, the last major piece of legislation to advance in the special session. It mandates certain health and safety protections for hospitality workers, in addition to granting broad liability protections to nearly all businesses, governmental bodies and nonprofit groups in the state so long as they follow required local, state and federal health protocols.

Coronavirus | Economy & Business | Legislature

Senate approves COVID-19 liability protections legislation that excludes hospitals, schools

August 5th, 2020 - 12:38pm
Updated August 5th, 2020 - 4:56pm
The bill, which is expected to be the last major piece of legislation to advance in the special session, gives broad liability protections to nearly all businesses, governmental bodies and nonprofit groups in the state so long as they follow required local, state and federal health protocols. Under the legislation, health care facilities and, now, K-12 schools are exempt from those enhanced protections.

Criminal Justice | Economy & Business | Legislature

Assembly passes bills reversing police misconduct protections, addressing unemployment delays

August 5th, 2020 - 2:00am
Nobody spoke in favor of the bill on Tuesday, with many activists opposing because they said people affected by police shootings were not involved in its creation and arguing that the measure should fully repeal SB242. Some opponents said the language that remains in the law and grants authority to police unions means officers are still insulated from consequences.

Coronavirus | Economy & Business | Legislature

Hospitals, health care facilities cry foul at exclusion from proposed COVID liability bill

August 3rd, 2020 - 12:20pm
That exemption — which includes hospitals, nursing homes, intermediate care facilities, hospice care, skilled nursing facilities and emergency medical care centers — has drawn a sharp rebuke from the Nevada Hospital Association and other health care providers, who say it would prohibit them from transferring patients between facilities or prohibit visitors from coming to visit patients.

Economy & Business | Legislature

Senate unanimously advances bill geared at extending unemployment benefits, clearing some roadblocks to payments

August 2nd, 2020 - 11:57pm
“It is not a magic pill. I don't think that in any of this …there's a magic pill that's going to solve it all at once,” said Democratic Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro. “But I think that the flexibility that is provided here, the additional extension of benefits, is meaningful and is not something that we should take lightly or take for granted.”

Economy & Business | Legislature

Trio of mining tax hike proposals pass out of special session; first step to amend Constitution

In separate floor votes on Sunday, the Democrat-controlled Assembly and Senate voted in favor of AJR1, AJR2 and SJR1 — three measures that would modify the current 5 percent cap on the net proceeds of minerals tax set in the state’s Constitution. Progressives have been seeking more revenue out of the industry, saying it has had a “sweetheart deal” in the Constitution since Nevada gained statehood in 1864.

Coronavirus | Economy & Business | Legislature

Proposal would grant businesses legal immunity from COVID lawsuits if they comply with health standards

August 2nd, 2020 - 1:14am
The bill language, which was obtained by The Nevada Independent and first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, outlines litigation protections from COVID-19 related liability for governmental entities, schools, nonprofits and major businesses if they meet “controlling health standards” outlined in the bill.

Economy & Business | State Government

Nevada unemployment metrics worsened last week; DETR says it’s not aware of any data breach on its end

July 31st, 2020 - 1:09pm
“DETR is actively monitoring its system and works with reputable companies and vendors to ensure that all data is maintained in a secure environment,” said Employment Security Division Administrator Kimberly Gaa in a weekly videoconference briefing. “We will be limiting further information related to any investigation and will not share details to protect the case integrity.”

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