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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada unemployment officials expect as many as 70,000 idled self-employed, contract and gig workers will apply for $600 per week in coronavirus relief benefits promised by Congress, once phone and online systems for the state’s jobless program open on Saturday. “We do expect a significant and high volume of callers,” new… Read more »

UPDATE (MAY 15): Nevada Department of Training and Rehabilitation is asking people to refrain from attempting to file PUA claims until Saturday. According to DETR, the website for PUA claims, employnv.gov, will not be live until Saturday. As well, the phone line for assistance (1-800-603-9681) will also not be active until Saturday. Upon launch, DETR… Read more »

RENO, Nev. – An exotic dancer and a massage therapist here have filed a lawsuit against the state of Nevada over its failure to implement a system to allow the self-employed to apply for new unemployment benefits available because of the coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuit was filed by Iris Podesta-Mireles, a licensed exotic dancer, and Amethyst Payne,… Read more »

Nevada is the only U.S. state not taking applications for federal coronavirus relief payments to gig workers. Now two self-employed single mothers in Reno are suing to force the state to begin paying thousands of out-of-work people the more than $600 a week that Congress promised. Attorney Mark Thierman says self-employed people, independent contractors and… Read more »

By Subrina Hudson and Bailey Schulz Las Vegas Review-Journal May 12, 2020 – 7:37 pm It has been nearly two months since gig workers in Nevada were deemed eligible to file for unemployment insurance benefits, as part of the CARES Act, and they’re still waiting. Two Reno-based independent contractors, Amethyst Payne and Iris Podesta-Mireles, have… Read more »

By KEN RITTER May 13, 2020 LAS VEGAS (AP) — With Nevada the only U.S. state not taking applications for federal coronavirus relief payments to gig workers, two self-employed single mothers in Reno are suing to force the state to begin paying thousands of out-of-work people the more than $600 a week Congress promised. “Congress… Read more »

RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — Two Reno independent contractors sued the State of Nevada — the only state in the country where gig workers still can’t collect unemployment benefits under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation has yet to launch a portal where rideshare drivers, massage… Read more »

A Reno exotic dancer and a Reno massage therapist have filed a lawsuit against the state of Nevada over its failure to implement a system to allow the self-employed to apply for new unemployment benefits available because of the coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuit was filed by Iris Podesta-Mireles, a licensed exotic dancer, and Amethyst Payne,… Read more »

Amethyst Payne, owner of Therapeutic Massage by Amethyst, told The Nevada Independent she hopes that unlocking unemployment benefits will help replenish her depleted savings and allow her to stay current on rent at her home and at her massage studio. Amethyst Payne describes herself as a healer. And while she’s been unable to practice her… Read more »

By Hailey Konnath Law360 (April 30, 2020, 9:58 PM EDT) — Amazon has agreed to pay an $11.1 million settlement to an estimated 200,000 of its warehouse workers to put to rest claims that they should have been paid for time they spent in security lines before and after work, according to a filing in Kentucky… Read more »