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Employment At-Will: Nevada

Employment At-Will requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Michael C. Jacobson, XpertHR Legal Editor


  • Nevada courts adhere to the employment at-will doctrine, meaning courts will presume that all employment relationships are at-will unless employees can demonstrate otherwise. See Employment At-Will Doctrine, Generally.
  • Verbal promises, absent some proof of the exchange, generally will not create enforceable contracts in Nevada. See Employment Contracts.
  • Specific written statements regarding duration of employment or grounds for termination, found in employee handbooks, correspondence or offer letters may create enforceable contracts against employers. See Employment Contracts.
  • Nevada courts also recognize public policy exceptions to the employment at-will doctrine in situations where the employee was terminated in retaliation for certain activities. See Public Policy Exceptions.
  • Nevada courts generally do not recognize the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing as it applies to at-will employment relationships, but the covenant may still bind employers who retain employees on a contractual basis. See Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing.
  • Nevada courts also recognize other employment-related claims against employers including intentional infliction of emotional distress and defamation. See Exceptions in Tort.