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New Employee Law Updates from the 2019 Nevada Legislature

Each time there is new legislation, there are a lot of questions on how the new laws will be interpreted and how they will apply to local businesses. We encourage you to reach out to HRinDemand to understand each new law and how it will affect your company and your employees. In the meantime, see the new employee laws from the 2019 Nevada Legislature and download the poster updates.

New Employee Laws

The minimum wage will increase over the next few years.  As of July 1, 2019, the minimum wage is $7.25, and increases by 75 cents each year until it reaches $11.00 on July 1, 2024.  The minimum wage for employees who are not offered health benefits is $1.00 higher.

Nevada employers with more than 50 employees will have to offer paid leave at a rate of .01923 hours per hour worked.  Employers are allowed to limit paid leave use to 40 hours per year and limit carry-over of unused leave to 40 hours.  The law will become effective on January 1, 2020. 

Nevada employers cannot require an employer to be physically present at work to notify the employer that the employee is sick or has sustained an injury that is not work-related.

There are new penalties for misclassifying an employee as an independent contractor.

Nevada employers cannot refuse to hire a prospective employee because the prospective employee fails a marijuana screening test.  Further, if a new employee fails a marijuana screening test in the first 30 days of employment, the employee is entitled to take a second test at the employee’s cost, which must be considered by the employer.  There are exceptions to this new law that will take effect on January 1, 2020.

An updated “Rules to Be Observed By Employers” bulletin for posting at the workplace is available at the Nevada Labor Commissioner website. 

Poster Updates – To Print

Paid Leave Notice

Minimum Wage

Sick or Injured

Melissa Marsh, HR Consultant and Founder of HRinDemand, is a proven HR professional with over 15 years experience in the field who works with businesses to streamline and improve human resources processes, policies, and procedures. For assistance with employee-related issues, contact HRinDemand directly at (775) 400-1322.

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