Nevada Payment Laws
In Nevada employers are only required to pay their employees for the
amount of time worked. No state law currently exists that requires
employers to pay employees for time not worked. This includes time off.
The United States also does not have a federal law mandating employers
for this kind of payment. However employers may pay their employees for
time off, if they so choose. The law states that if an employer states
in written contract that he or she will pay an employee for time off,
then he or she is required by law to do so.
If a policy exists and the employer chooses not to provide the payment,
then the Department of Labor may enforce the policy on the employee's
behalf. Some other states do not allow the Department of Labor to
assist and will require employees to handle the situation themselves.
There currently is no federal law or Nevada state law that requires
employers to pay employees for any unused vacation time upon
termination. Companies and policies may have written policies requiring
unused vacation payment to be paid and are thus required by law to
provide this service. If an employer provides favoritism or is
inconsistent in his or her handling of payment, he or she can be served
with a lawsuit on illegal discrimination charges.
Sick Leave Payment
Similar to paid time off, neither the federal government nor the Nevada
state government requires employers to pay employees for sick leave.
Many businesses and companies have policies to require employees to be
paid for being ill. Companies often do this to protect employee incomes
and those who are too sick to come to work. Union contracts may also
require that companies or businesses provide sick leave payment,
despite company policy.
Under federal law and Nevada state law employers are also not required
to inform employees of company policy changes. This means that if an
employer chooses to no longer provide sick leave payment or paid time
off, he or she is legally able to do so without prior notice. However
many employers do previously inform employees of these changes before
instituting new policy.
Because sick leave is often abused in so many companies, many employers
have chosen to provide paid time off. To discourage employees from
using sick leave for mental health days, paid time off allow employees
to take time off for whatever reason and still be paid. Paid time off
includes sick leave. Under paid time off each employee is given a
specific number of allotted days per month that he or she may use at
will. However once these days have been used no other sick days can be
Family and Medical Leave
Along with paid time off employees are also allowed up to twelve weeks
of unpaid leave for family or medical purposes. This leave must be used
in a row. The federal Family and Medical Leave Act requires employers
to provide leave and allow employees their same occupation, or one of
the same benefit and salary, upon return. Under this act employers are
not legally allowed to terminate an employee on leave for the necessity
of taking leave.