Nevada Allows Collection Agencies to Resume Work

Businesses may resume operations as long as compliance with other emergency directives from Nevada’s governor continues.

6/4/2020 8:00 AM

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Nevada Allows Collection Agencies to Resume Work


The Nevada Financial Institutions Division (NFID) released a statement Thursday indicating that licensed collection agencies may resume business operations as long as they remain in compliance with other emergency directives issued by Gov. Steve Sisolak.
 
Specifically, the statement released by NFID Commissioner Sandy O’Laughlin said:  
 
“NFID would like to advise collection agency licensees that they may operate their business while following all remaining Emergency Directives issued by Governor Sisolak, any guidance issued by any state agency, any Justice Court Orders for each jurisdiction, and comply with all applicable state and federal laws. As well as, following all health and safety guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of Nevada.”
 
In March, Nevada was one of the first states to disrupt the work of collection agencies in response to the COVID-19 crisis by including them in the “non-essential” business category. As a result, the Nevada Collectors Association led by Tim Myers, business development manager with Clark County Collections Service LLC, along with Patrick Reilly, Nevada attorney state chair and shareholder with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP in Las Vegas, worked to reverse the decision on behalf of Nevada’s members and other members throughout the country who collect in the Silver State.
 
In response to the decision, Reilly said, “The division’s decision is welcome relief, but it should not have required a threat of lawsuit. In Nevada, you could go to a barber, get a tattoo, and buy marijuana. Yet until today, the state of Nevada barred businesses from collecting lawful debts. These debts included monies owed to doctors, nurses and hospitals for health care services. We should remember that our constitutional rights, and our common sense, are at their most vulnerable in times of crisis and fear.”

The new guidance from the NFID allows agencies to reopen in compliance with the governor’s opening guidelines and resume sending letters and making calls to Nevada consumers. The guidance does not lift Directive 17, which continues to "stay" garnishments in Nevada.
 
Questions about Nevada’s decision may be emailed to O’Laughlin at fidmaster@fid.state.nv.us

ACA International will continue to provide updates on all states as they update directives and other orders related to COVID-19.


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Nevada Allows Collection Agencies to Resume Work


The Nevada Financial Institutions Division (NFID) released a statement Thursday indicating that licensed collection agencies may resume business operations as long as they remain in compliance with other emergency directives issued by Gov. Steve Sisolak.
 
Specifically, the statement released by NFID Commissioner Sandy O’Laughlin said:  
 
“NFID would like to advise collection agency licensees that they may operate their business while following all remaining Emergency Directives issued by Governor Sisolak, any guidance issued by any state agency, any Justice Court Orders for each jurisdiction, and comply with all applicable state and federal laws. As well as, following all health and safety guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of Nevada.”
 
In March, Nevada was one of the first states to disrupt the work of collection agencies in response to the COVID-19 crisis by including them in the “non-essential” business category. As a result, the Nevada Collectors Association led by Tim Myers, business development manager with Clark County Collections Service LLC, along with Patrick Reilly, Nevada attorney state chair and shareholder with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP in Las Vegas, worked to reverse the decision on behalf of Nevada’s members and other members throughout the country who collect in the Silver State.
 
In response to the decision, Reilly said, “The division’s decision is welcome relief, but it should not have required a threat of lawsuit. In Nevada, you could go to a barber, get a tattoo, and buy marijuana. Yet until today, the state of Nevada barred businesses from collecting lawful debts. These debts included monies owed to doctors, nurses and hospitals for health care services. We should remember that our constitutional rights, and our common sense, are at their most vulnerable in times of crisis and fear.”

The new guidance from the NFID allows agencies to reopen in compliance with the governor’s opening guidelines and resume sending letters and making calls to Nevada consumers. The guidance does not lift Directive 17, which continues to "stay" garnishments in Nevada.
 
Questions about Nevada’s decision may be emailed to O’Laughlin at fidmaster@fid.state.nv.us

ACA International will continue to provide updates on all states as they update directives and other orders related to COVID-19.


Follow ACA International on Twitter @ACAIntl and @acacollector, Facebook and request to join our LinkedIn group for news and event updates. ACA International members are welcome to submit news items for possible publication to comm@acainternational.org. Visit our publications page for news submission guidelines and subscriptions to ACA Daily, Collector magazine and Pulse.

Advertising is available for companies wishing to promote their products or services. Be sure to visit the ACA Events Calendar on the Education and Training page to view our listing of upcoming CORE Curriculum and Hot Topic seminars featuring critical educational opportunities for your company.


Subscribe to ACA Daily NEWSROOM

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