Having content employees is key to keeping your business running smoothly. At the Aldrich Law Firm, Ltd., we know how quickly a wage and hour dispute can drain you of time and resources. To mitigate the risk of a complaint, it is essential to understand the state and federal laws that govern labor.
At the root of Nevada’s law is the premise that every employee should be paid for every hour he or she works. The law also stipulates the following:
- An employer cannot use sex discrimination to pay one employee less than another.
- Overtime must be paid at a rate of one and a half times the employee’s regular salary as long as he or she meets certain requirements.
- Someone who works eight hours or more continuously must be given a break to eat or rest.
There are exceptions to every rule. For example, if you have an employee who works in a service business and earns a wage that is more than one and a half times the minimum wage, you do not have to pay him or her time and a half if he or she works overtime. Additionally, employers who use a merit-based or seniority system to determine salaries may be able to demonstrate that there is no discrimination involved when male and female workers do not earn the same amount for performing the same job.
Due to the technical nature of these laws, it is possible that one of your employees will raise a complaint. Whether it is unfounded or not, it is important for your company to have sound legal representation to resolve the issue quickly and with your best interests in mind.
For more information on this topic, please visit our page on employment law matters.