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Nevada lawmakers mandate protective measures for hospitality workers

The Nevada Legislature has approved a bill mandating health protections for hundreds of thousands of workers in the hospitality industry...

The state’s powerful culinary union pushed for the worker protections as part of what it called the Adolfo Fernandez Bill, named for a utility porter on the Las Vegas Strip who died after contracting Covid-19.

Gov. Steve Sisolak, a Democrat, is expected to sign the measure, which was approved Wednesday night. Both houses of the Legislature are controlled by Democrats.

In the counties that include Las Vegas and Reno, the bill requires daily temperature screenings of hospitality workers, coronavirus tests for those returning to work and regular cleaning of high-touch surfaces. The legislation bars employers from forcing workers with symptoms from reporting to the job while awaiting test results and offers paid time off to those testing positive.

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