Legal Alert - Nevada's Recent Minimum Wage Ruling and Best Practices for Employers
by Swen Prior and Karl O. Riley
Nevada’s minimum wage law continues to be a minefield for employers. On August 14, 2015, in the case of Hancock v. the State of Nevada, the First Judicial District Court held two, key minimum wage regulations as unconstitutional. First, the Court ruled employers cannot include tips or gratuities to calculate an employee’s cost for health insurance premiums. Second, the Court ruled employees must receive employer-provided health insurance before employers can pay the lower-tier minimum wage. Nevada Labor Commissioner, Shannon Chambers, recently asked the Court to stay enforcement of the ruling while she appeals the case to the Nevada Supreme Court.