There are several bills enacted by the Nevada State Legislature following the 2017 session that went into effect starting January 1, 2018, with some that may be of particular interest to our Henderson Chamber of Commerce member businesses.
Assembly Bill 474 - Makes various changes relating to drug overdoses and prescribing and using drugs. -- The legislation sets targets on those prescribing drugs to curb over prescription of narcotic drugs. Doctors are now attempting to adhere to the enacted legislation, but not without difficulty as the legislation does not clearly outline provisions and reporting details. Oversight of the legislation now falls under the Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners and the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners, which is now creating a working group to discuss oversight details that may have been missed and/or not addressed within the bill itself.
Senate Bill 232 – Enacts Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights. – Enacted law requires employers of domestic works, and others, to provide workers with certain written documentation of the conditions employment and right to work under the law. Law also addresses changes in mandatory payment of wages and overtime wages for a certain number of hours works, outlines limitation of deductions for food and lodging expenses, and addresses workers rest break and days off.
Other bills enacted on January 1, 2018 also include:
Assembly Bill 204 – Name changes on marriage licenses
Assembly Bill 261 – Motorcycle learner’s permits
Assembly Bill 335 – Moped drivers must drive in the right-hand lane on highways
Assembly Bill 384 – “Banning the Box” (i.e. criminal history notification) for government job applications until in-person interview
Assembly Bill 420 – Electronic device access for prisoners
Senate Bill 19 – Dual credit courses for high school students
Senate Bill 189 – Child Care Facility training for employees
Senate Bill 194 – Prohibition of selling products derived/containing certain animal species under certain circumstances
Senate Bill 339 – More cars eligible for issuance of vintage plates
Senate Bill 482 – Health care facility ratings display
Senate Bill 511 – Changes to boating and wildlife licenses
As some of our Henderson Chamber of Commerce (HCC) members may know, last week the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas granted the motion brought by the U.S. Chamber and other business groups, to convert the preliminary injunction against the DOL’s 2016 Overtime Rule to a permanent injunction. This is a final judgment and a win for the business community, as it permanently removes the Obama Administration’s Overtime Rule and sets the stage for the Department of Labor (DOL) to develop a new rule with a more appropriate update to the salary threshold for exempt employees.
We thank many of you who weighed in during the comment period to your Nevada federal delegates last year when your Henderson Chamber of Commerce (HCC) distributed information to you about the proposed regulation in June 2016. It was during that same time that your HCC advocated to your congressional representatives to oppose the ruling and instead support a process in which a detailed economic analysis could be conducted to better determine salary levels, impact on an array of employers with a primary emphasis on requesting the DOL to consider more gradual, and transitional approaches to assist businesses versus its proposed rule.
WHAT’S NEXT: The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has now begun the process of formally considering a new rule, via a Request for Information (RFI) to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, to its previously filed 2016 “overtime ruling.” The DOL, through its RFI, seeks public comment on a number of issues relating to the “white collar” overtime exemptions, including how to determine what the minimum salary level should be. Responses are to be used in assisting the drafting of proposed revisions to the “overtime ruling.” [Part 541]
We encourage all Henderson Chamber of Commerce (HCC) member employers to read the DOL’s proposal [located at 29 CFR, part 541] and provide public comment to the federal government about how it may impact your ability to operate and growth your business. Deadline to submit comments is September 25, 2017 and can be made online via the Federal Register here.
Since the 2017 Nevada Legislative Session ended, the Henderson Chamber of Commerce’s (HCC) policy focus has shifted to the federal arena. To that end, the HCC’s Issues Committee, chaired by Aviva Gordon of Gordon Law, and John Wightman of Rich, Wightman & Company CPAs, commenced with its federal planning efforts during its annual kick-off meeting in August.
Additional 2017-2018 Issues Committee members include: Rob Buckel of I Want My 2 Dollars, David Dahan of Orgill/Singer & Associates, Debbie Tuttle of Keller Williams Realty, Karl Sundberg of Nevada Health Centers, Rick Smith of RDS Properties, Katie Ryan of Dignity Health, Chuck Mohler or Eagle Corporate Advisors, Shaundell Newsome of SumNu Marketing, Oren Young of Ethel M. Chocolates, George Racz of Las Vegas Distillery and Jeremy Golar of Retirement Benefits Group.
Learn more about the HCC's core issue areas it advocates on to protect your business.
In August, during a congressional break when federal leaders return to their districts, HCC staff and key chamber member representatives met with U.S. Senator Dean Heller as well as U.S. Congresswoman Jacky Rosen to discuss the state of small business and federal issues impacting them and their ability to grow.
Discuss topics with leaders ranged from health care, overtime regulations, tax reform and Yucca Mountain to which both candidly shared perspectives on an array of issues from the federal vantage point.
It was an ideal opportunity for the HCC to lay groundwork for HCC’s return to Washington D.C. in 2018 and, more importantly, provide an opportunity to our member businesses to directly share concerns and opportunities with federal leaders.
Join us and our featured speaker and the HCC’s contract chief lobbyist, Rocky Finseth who is president/CEO of Carrara Nevada, for an inside look at key bills state legislators acted on that will impact local businesses, discuss HCC’s role in the advocacy process to protect members and get a glimpse of what the political and policy landscape may look like into the future for the State of Nevada.
Finseth’s firm, a veteran government affairs and lobbying firm in the state, has been at the table and in the mix of many of the major political decisions in Nevada for more than 20 years, including on behalf of the HCC since 2014.
With more than two decades of experience himself at the local, state and federal level, Finseth is a well-respected mainstay in the statewide policy and political sphere and has received numerous recognitions for his work in developing powerful and proven political programs throughout the state.
From February through April 2017, a survey was conducted among members of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce, Henderson Development Association, Henderson Chamber of Commerce Foundation and IMPAC. The purpose of the survey was to discover, broadly, state and local policy issues that may be impacting the local business community.
From the table of data collected via 109 respondents, the most significant items are as follows:
While revenue increases over the previous year were reported (38%), respondents believe they need to generate more revenue to hire and when doing so, cite finding qualified workers as a primary challenge.
When considering to hire new employees, respondents largely cited (26%) “economic uncertainty” as a primary obstacle before proceeding with the decision to hire. Through shared input, respondents felt general political uncertainty were present at all levels of government.
Respondents, while still concerned about taxes and regulations year-over-year, are quick to list “workforce development” matters are their increasing second concern, in terms of finding qualified workers to expand their business. In 2016, respondents cited “taxes” as their secondary concern.
*Average external surveys receive a 10-15% response rate. This survey received an 11.9% response rate.
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