Employees don’t want to be COVID cops. They are either quitting or turning down job offers
CARSON CITY, Nev., Feb. 9, 2022—The state’s leading small-business association has sent a letter to Gov. Steve Sisolak urging him to revoke Nevada’s mask mandate, which it says is contributing to small businesses’ inability to retain or hire workers.
“Employers tell me that when they interview potential employees, they ask: ‘Will I have to wear a mask? If so, then I won’t take the job,’” wrote Randi Thompson, Nevada state director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), in the letter to the governor.
“Nevada had the highest ‘quit’ rate in the nation last year at 3.8%, according to an analysis by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Some of the reasons workers cite for quitting is having to wear a mask at work for hours, having to continually ask customers to put on a mask, and getting harassed by customers who refuse to put on a mask. This mandate is cruel to employees and making work a miserable experience,” said the letter.”
Thompson also pointed out that more states are dropping their mask requirements. “Only nine states currently have an indoor mask mandate, and numerous states are removing the mandates. New Jersey is dropping the school mask mandate in March. California will end its statewide indoor mask mandate for vaccinated individuals next week and New York’s indoor mask-or-vaccine mandate governing businesses is expected to expire on Thursday. The CDC has said fully vaccinated people can safely forgo face-covering in most public settings.”
Click here to read the entire letter.
Keep up with the latest Nevada small-business news at www.nfib.com/nevada, where this news release can also be found, or by following NFIB on Twitter @NFIB_NV.
For 78 years, NFIB has been advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven association. Since our founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses and remains so today. For more information, please visit nfib.com.
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