Payment of Wages: Nevada
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: William R. Dabney and Dora V. Lane, Holland & Hart LLP
- The term wages is broadly defined in the Nevada wage payment law. See Definition of Wages.
- An employer in Nevada may pay wages by cash, check or, with employees' voluntary consent, by direct deposit or electronic paycard. Penalties apply for noncompliance. See Wage Payment Methods.
- Nevada employers must pay their employees semimonthly, unless a more frequent pay schedule is otherwise agreed on. An employer may not change the established paydays without a written notice. See Pay Frequency.
- Nevada restricts the types of deductions employers may make from the pay of employees. Penalties apply for noncompliance. See Permitted and Prohibited Wage Deductions.
- With each payment of wages, Nevada employers must provide each employee with an accurate, itemized written pay statement. See Pay Statement Requirements.
- Employers that have 50 or more employees in private employment in the state are required to provide paid time off that employees may use for any reason. Employees must be compensated for paid leave at the employee's rate of pay at the time leave is taken and on the same payday as the hours taken are normally paid. See Paid Leave.
- All employers must maintain records of wage payments showing specific information for each employee. See Recordkeeping Requirements.
- Employers are required to pay employees all wages due upon separation from employment. How soon final pay is due to the employee depends on whether the termination is voluntary or involuntary. See Termination Pay.
- After the death of an employee, employers must turn over to the surviving spouse or children compensation owed to the deceased employee. See Deceased Employee Wages.
- Wages are considered abandoned property if they are unclaimed by an employee for one year. Employers' responsibilities include notifying affected employees, filing reports with, and remitting amounts unclaimed to, the State Treasurer's Office. See Unclaimed Wages.