Frequently Asked Questions - Employers

  • What is Nevada’s minimum wage rate?
    • In the State of Nevada, the minimum wage is a tiered rate of $8.25 or $7.25.  If you offer your employees a qualified health insurance plan, you may pay them at the lower tier of $7.25.  If they are not offered insurance, you must pay them at the higher tier of $8.25.  The employee does not have to accept the insurance to pay them at the lower tier.  The employer is just required to offer it to them (Article 15 of the Nevada Constitution).
  • What is a qualified health insurance plan?
    • To determine if your health insurance is a qualified plan, you may refer to NAC 608.102 and NAC 608.104.
  • How long do I have to pay my employee after a separation?

      If the employee quits employment, you must pay them within 7 days or by the next regular pay day, whichever is earlier.  If the employee is discharged, you must pay them within 3 days (NRS 680.020-NRS 608.040).  The calculation of days should exclude the first day and include the last unless the last day is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, in which case the next business day is the last day of the time limit.

  • If I pay my employees a salary, do I have to pay them overtime?
    • There are exemptions to overtime pay, however, just because you pay your employees a salary, does not automatically exempt them from overtime.  For a list of overtime exemptions, please review NRS 608.018.
  • Do I have to pay my employees overtime for over 8 hours in a day or over 40 hours in a week?
    • If your employee makes less than one and one half times minimum wage ($12.38/$10.88) per hour, you need to pay them for overtime for time worked over 8 hours in a 24-hour period.  If they make more than one and one half times minimum wage, you need to pay them overtime for time worked over 40 hours in a week.  The only exception is if an employee agrees to work 4, 10 hour shifts.  However, any deviations from the 4-10 rule could cause overtime to accrue (NRS 608.018).
  • My employee owes me money.  Can I deduct the amount from their final check?
    • Deductions, other than those required by law and contributions to benefit programs, can only be deducted from your employee’s paycheck if there is prior written authorization from the employee.  The written authorization must include the specific amount being deducted, the purpose for the deduction, and the pay period in which the deduction will be made (NRS 608.110 and NAC 608.160).
  • How often do I have to give my employees breaks?
    • An employee must be given a paid, 10 minute break for each 4 hour period of work.  In addition, employees are entitled to an unpaid, 30 minute meal period for each 8 hour period of work (NRS 608.019).
  • Can I lower my employee’s rate of pay?
    • Yes.  However, you must provide the employee with a 7 day written notice before lowering their pay (NRS 608.100).
  • How often do I have to pay my employees?
    • Nevada law requires employers to pay their employees at least twice a month (NRS 608.060).