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Lawmakers approved a union-backed “Right to Return” measure, SB386, that would guarantee laid-off hospitality employees the opportunity to return to their old jobs, despite initial resistance from the casino industry. The Nevada Resort Association later took a neutral position on the bill following the addition of amendments aimed at staving off litigation. As amended, the bill also excludes smaller businesses that had 30 or fewer employees prior to the pandemic.

Although the minimum wage is on a five-year path to increase to $11 or $12 an hour by 2024, depending on whether an employer offers health insurance, lawmakers this session moved to change the Nevada Constitution with the passage of AJR10 by eliminating the two-tier system and defaulting to the higher wage. The measure heads to a statewide vote in 2022.

SB320, a bill to require more transparency for fees imposed on food delivery services such as GrubHub and UberEats, also passed, in spite of resistance from those companies about revealing information such as the commission paid to restaurants that work with them. The bill was tempered from its original version, but still requires conspicuous disclosure of what portions of the final price are for the food, taxes, delivery fees and the average commission charged to the restaurant.

It also limits commissions to 20 percent plus a credit card processing fee during the COVID-19 state of emergency, unless the restaurant agrees to pay the delivery platform more for services such as marketing.

A push for a “right to repair” small electronic devices such as phones and laptops, in the form of AB221, died after pushback from the technology industry. Proponents said expanding independent repair shops’ access to manuals and tools would help consumers save money and reduce toxic e-waste, but manufacturers argued the repairs could be of lower quality and create privacy risks.