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Flexible hour plans may mutually benefit employers and staff

Employers in Nevada and other states must follow rules regarding how many hours a week an employee works before getting overtime pay. This is to ensure workers are given a fair wage for putting in more hours than is considered a normal work week, as well as to prevent employers from taking advantage of their staff.

According to the Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau, employees in Nevada are entitled to 1 1/2 times their regular pay when they work more than eight hours in one day or 40 hours in a week. Exceptions may include regular pay for working 10 hours a day for four days in a week. Many employers will avoid having their staff work overtime, as the employment costs can add up.

Some companies offer their workers more flexible hours, which may benefit both employees and the company. According to The Washington Post, Amazon is implementing a pilot program in which some employees will work for 30 hours a week and receive full benefits, while being paid 75 percent of what full-time employees receive. If this program proves successful, the option may allow some employees the freedom to attend school or pursue other activities if they do not wish to work full-time, while offering the type of benefits that many workers are not entitled to if they work under 40 hours a week.

Offering flexible work plans may contribute a great deal to satisfied employees, as well as keeping costs down for employers and helping them attract and retain quality staff. It can be wise for business owners to consider alternative work plans, but they should ensure they follow state employment laws to avoid potential employee litigation.

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