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Stop Reinstatement of Weekly NV Job Search for Meetings, Convention & Entertainment Staff

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On May 1, the Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation will be reinstating Weekly Job Search Requirements for Unemployment Claimants.  This is with the intention of driving eligible workers to return to the workforce rather than collect unemployment insurance in fields such as Restaurants, Retail, Rideshare, Hotel Front Line, and similar industries which are being positively impacted by the growing numbers of tourists returning to Las Vegas.

While the tourism numbers are indeed increasing, the Corporate Meeting and Convention Industry, which generated over 10 Billion Dollars of economic impact to our city in 2019 will not see that same revival in 2021.  This industry supports thousands of Las Vegas residents with specialized talents who support these conferences with Meeting Services, Entertainment, Audio Visual Support, Banquet Food Service, Exhibit Building, Staffing, Transportation, Teambuilding, Sight Seeing, and so much more.  These conferences take 6 months to sometimes years to plan in advance, and until they do, there is no work for these employees to seek.

Should these employees now seek positions in other fields, they will be taking away jobs from those who have specialties in those industries; and when the meetings and conventions do begin to return, there will be limited qualified candidates to support them with the level of skill and experience that is required of this field.

Many in our specialized industry need to work varied hours to allow for childcare, elder care, and similar - and many are Senior Citizens, who supplement their fixed income with limited hourly positions providing front-line hospitality during events as greeters, door monitors, tour guides, and registration staff.  For them, there are no comparable options available outside of our field.

The conventions and corporate meetings that we are starting to see booking is just the tip of the iceberg of the level of business that our industry supports in the average year.  For every CES that the general public knows of, there are 100 corporate retreats, sales meetings, product launches, association meetings, and incentive trips that happen without media attention.  

We ask that the leadership of the State of Nevada consider this, and prior to May 1 refine the requirement for weekly job search to those aforementioned fields for whom jobs are now opening up, while maintaining active Unemployment Insurance Benefits for workers in the Meetings and Conventions Industry.  

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