Nevadans who refuse to return to work could lose unemployment benefits

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The Culinary Union and its parent union UNITE HERE last week proposed stricter guidelines and additional protections for workers. Among them, they are demanding that “any employee electing not to accept work should be considered to be on involuntary layoff” rather than having quit and that “they should be permitted to return to work at any time according to regular scheduling practice.” They also want to ensure that no employee should be disciplined for calling out sick when experiencing COVID symptoms or having childcare issues due to school closures.

Culinary spokesperson Bethany Khan said the union is negotiating with the casino companies to add these protections (and a long list of others) to their contract. But “no current provisions exist” to protect workers.

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