Employment At-Will: Nevada
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.