Working + The Economy

NV AG, FTC chair to host additional listening sessions on proposed supermarket merger

BY: - September 12, 2023

Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan will be in Southern Nevada on Wednesday to hear feedback from the public about the proposed merger between supermarket giants Kroger and Albertsons. Khan’s visit is part of an expanded series of ‘listening sessions’ hosted by Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford as part of a larger investigation into the […]

Move to keep deals secret could backfire on NV Energy

BY: - September 11, 2023

NV Energy’s effort to keep details of its sponsorship agreements with sports teams confidential could result in even more information being made public, should the Nevada Public Utilities Commission approve a draft order Tuesday proposed by Commissioner Tammy Cordova.   Cordova wants NV Energy to disclose its sponsorship agreements with the Henderson Silver Knights and the […]

Nevada’s lack of casino self-exclusion law par for state, say experts

BY: - September 11, 2023

Ray, an admitted compulsive gambler, says he was about to lose his marriage when he informed his Wynn Las Vegas casino host last year that he was done after 20 years of feeding the resort’s insatiable slot machines.   “We thanked him for taking good care of us and went home to California,” Ray says. A […]

Extreme heat hitting more workers across every sector, complaints show

BY: - September 8, 2023

Nevada workers in nearly every industry are suffering the consequences of record breaking heat this summer, and a growing trend in labor complaints shows it’s only getting worse.  Data from state labor regulators paint a picture of more and more workers across multiple industries at high risk of heat-related illness in the state. Last year […]


Corporate consolidation is hurting Americans. Now is the time to rein it in.

BY: - September 8, 2023

Just weeks after Sanford Health and Fairview Health Services called off a mega-merger that would have remade Minnesota’s healthcare system, Cleveland-Cliffs announced its interest in acquiring U.S. Steel, a combination that would remake Minnesota’s Iron Range. The relentless pace of merger news is no anomaly though. In 2021 merger activity set an all-time high helping contribute to a pace of consolidation that would […]

Millions more workers would receive overtime pay under proposed Biden administration rule

BY: - September 7, 2023

Salaried workers who have been ineligible for overtime pay would benefit from a proposed Biden administration regulation. The Department of Labor’s new rule would require employers compensate full-time workers in management, administrative, or other professional roles for any overtime worked if they make less than $55,068 annually. Currently, the salary threshold is $35,568. The change […]

State’s consumer medical debt protections don’t apply to medical credit cards

BY: - September 7, 2023

Nevada law provides some consumer protections against medical debt collection practices, but those protections do not apply to the debt consumers are racking up with medical credit cards. In the 2021 legislative session, Nevada enacted consumer protections requiring debt collectors to give written notice to people with medical debt 60 days before any action on […]


An act of Congress big box stores will love

BY: - September 6, 2023

After the August recess, Congress has a long list of bills to pass, and work to get done before the winter holidays. Unfortunately, some of the largest corporations in the world are busy lobbying for the Credit Card Competition Act, a bill that will line their pockets while hurting Nevadans. As a state senator, I […]

35,300 Nevadans enrolled in new student loan repayment program

BY: - September 5, 2023

WASHINGTON — More than 35,000 federal student loan borrowers in Nevada are enrolled in the Biden administration’s new repayment program, according to figures released Tuesday by the Department of Education. Nationally, more than 4 million borrowers are enrolled. With the pause of more than three years on federal student loan repayments coming to an end […]


A wave of strikes, but number of workers in the U.S. walking off the job remains historically low

BY: and - September 4, 2023

More than 323,000 workers – including nurses, actors, screenwriters, hotel cleaners and restaurant servers – walked off their jobs during the first eight months of 2023. Hundreds of thousands of the employees of delivery giant UPS would have gone on strike, too, had they not reached a last-minute agreement. And nearly 150,000 autoworkers may go […]

Leisure and hospitality hiring contributes to solid jobs report

BY: - September 1, 2023

Hiring slowed this summer and unemployment rose in August, the sign of a cooling but still-resilient labor market despite high interest rates, say economists.  Employers added 187,000 jobs last month, while wages rose 4.3% from a year earlier, according to Friday’s job report from the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. From June through August, […]

NV ranks 4th in clean energy jobs for communities of color

BY: - September 1, 2023

Nevada’s communities of color are benefiting from major federal investments in clean energy related projects, according to a new report. According to the Department of Energy’s latest energy and employment report, the clean energy workforce is more diverse than other energy sectors. Employees in the wind, solar, and electric transmission jobs have higher rates of […]