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Nevada lawmakers OK unemployment system updates

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Posted at 9:51 PM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 11:36:40-04

CARSON CITY (AP) — Editor's note: In a previous version of this story, the Associated Press stated the bill passed on Wednesday, it was actually passed on Tuesday.

Nevada lawmakers passed a bill on Tuesday to expand eligibility for unemployment benefits to workers who decide returning to their jobs amid the coronavirus pandemic is too risky.

They also on Tuesday approved fixing problems with the state's unemployment insurance system.

The system has been plagued with computer crashes, jammed phone lines, and confusion over eligibility.

If Gov. Steve Sisolak signs the bill as expected, administrators will be granted additional flexibility to create emergency regulations intended to reduce the lengthy backlog of unfulfilled claims. 

You can read the full text of SB3 here.