Reminder – Nevada Minimum Wage Increases July 1, 2020

Volume: 19 | Issue: 35

June 24, 2020

Please remember that 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). Additionally, please remember that to qualify for the lower tier, employers must offer qualifying health benefits to the employee and his/her dependents.

The increase in minimum wage may also impact overtime payments under Nevada law. In Nevada, 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. Thus, employers will now owe overtime 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 work week. (These changes to Nevada law 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.

KZA Employer Report articles are for general information only; they are not intended and should not be construed to be legal advice. Reading or replying to such articles does not establish an attorney-client relationship. In addition, because the subject matters and applicable laws discussed in Employer Report articles are often in a state of change and not always applicable to every type of business entity or organization, readers should consult with counsel before making decisions based on the same.

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