Nevada Minimum Wage Increases July 1, 2020

Volume: 19 | Issue: 29
May 26, 2020

The Nevada Labor Commissioner has posted its 2020 Annual Bulletins to notify employers of increases to the minimum wage rates that take effect July 1, 2020 and the impact such increases have on overtime calculations under Nevada law. Pursuant to the changes enacted to Nevada’s minimum wage by the 2019 Legislature, the minimum wage will increase July 1, 2020 to $8.00 an hour for the lower tier (employees to whom qualifying health benefits have been offered/made available) and $9.00 an hour for the higher tier (employees to whom qualifying health benefits have not been offered/made available). The Labor Commissioner’s Minimum Wage Bulletin further sets forth the increases to take place each July for the next 4 years.

Under Nevada law, overtime is owed to any employee who is paid less than 1½ times the applicable minimum wage rate who works more than 8 hours in any workday or 40 hours in any workweek. Given the increase in the minimum wage, the Labor Commissioner’s Overtime Bulletin notifies employers that overtime will now be owed to an employee making less than $12.00 per hour (if the employee is offered qualified health benefits) or $13.50 per hour (if the employee is not offered qualified health benefits) if that employee works more than 8 hours in any workday or 40 hours in any workweek. (Please remember that Nevada’s wage bulletins do not affect federal overtime which is not tied to minimum wage rates; as such, overtime is owed, under federal law, to any non-exempt employee who works more than 40 hours in any workweek.)

If you have questions about these changes or generally about overtime and minimum wage, please contact a KZA attorney.

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