Wednesday, 12 August 2020 19:56

NV Gov. Sisolak Signs First-in-the-Nation Legislation Protecting State’s Workers and Businesses

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signs SB4. Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signs SB4.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, joined virtually by stakeholders and community supporters, on Aug. 11 signed Senate Bill 4 (SB4), an act relating to public health geared towards worker safety.

“Unprecedented times call for extraordinary measures. This bill isn’t about economic expansion---it's about our state’s economic survival,” Sisolak said. “It’s about acknowledging that Nevada relies heavily on a single industry---the hospitality industry---and in order to make it through this historic storm, we must ensure it survives. But it’s not just about protecting the businesses---it's also about protecting the workers that keep this industry and our economy running."


Sisolak was joined, virtually, at the signing by Geoconda Argüello-Kline, secretary-treasurer of the Culinary Workers Union Local 226; Bill Hornbuckle, CEO and president of MGM Resorts; and Irma Fernandez, daughter of Adolfo Fernandez, a utility porter and namesake of the bill, who tragically passed after contracting COVID-19.


This bill was driven by the need to protect the lifeblood of Nevada’s economy, both small businesses and hospitality workers. The measure balances the protection of workers and the needs of the business community to stay afloat during the pandemic and subsequent economic crisis.


This legislation does not create an impenetrable shield for those businesses who fail to protect their customers, visitors and, most importantly, the hard-working Nevadans who drive the economy. Businesses that act counter to established health and safety protocols will not benefit from the protections provided by this bill.


Additional details on SB4 can be found here.


Source: NV.gov

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