Las Vegas Casino Will Pay Its Employees To Get The COVID-19 Vaccine

A casino on the Las Vegas Strip will pay its employees to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

According to a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas could pay more than $1 million in cash bonuses to its employees that receive the vaccine. The bonus will be structured based on what percentage of the workforce takes the injection. Workers have until May 1 to prove they were vaccinated.

The LVRJ claimed it had acquired a letter to the employees that showed the tiered system of payouts. If 60% of the staff proves vaccination, it will result in a $50 cash bonus. At 70%, it becomes a $100 payday. 80% would be $250, 90% would be $350 and a fully vaccinated workforce would result in every employee receiving an extra $500.

The move comes as Nevada casinos are coming up with ways to incentivize their workers to receive the vaccine after the Gaming Control Board said that it will base its decision to increase operating capacity on whether regulators feel that the casino has done enough to encourage getting the vaccine.

Wynn Resorts announced last week that it will be forcing employees at its Las Vegas locations to either get the vaccine or show a negative COVID-19 test each week to continue their employment. Workers at the Cosmopolitan that do not receive the vaccination will also be forced to show a negative test each week.

The recently-opened Virgin Hotel Las Vegas is offering vaccinated employee an extra day of paid time off and a free night at the property.

The Cosmopolitan implemented the policy Tuesday, shortly after Gov. Steve Sisolak announced plans to end social distancing measures in May and voice his hope of having the entire state operating at 100% capacity by June.




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