Governor vetoes second bill on classification of workers

Nevada Governor and Senator Tussle over Worker Misclassification

CARSON CITY – Gov. Brian Sandoval has vetoed a second bill aimed at stopping employers from misclassifying workers to avoid paying more benefits.

Sandoval said the current system is adequate to ensure that businesses don’t classify their workers as independent contractors to pay minimum wage and avoid contributing to unemployment and workers’ compensation insurance.

But Sen. Mike Schneider, D-Las Vegas, says Sandoval “doesn’t know what’s going on in the big city.” He said “the governor’s philosophy is the free market will take care of it, but the free market is cheating.”

Schneider said neither the governor nor his staff contacted him as chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Labor and Energy, which processed the bill and held hours of hearings.

Read the rest of this Las Vegas Sun article by Cy Ryan

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