LABOR COMMISSIONER RELEASES 2021 MINIMUM WAGE AND DAILY OVERTIME BULLETINS
Each year, on or before April 1st, the Labor Commissioner issues the annual minimum wage and daily overtime bulletins, which announce the rates that go into effect on July 1st of that year. The Labor Commissioner has released the bulletins for 2021 and, like last year, employers can anticipate an increase to both the minimum wage rates and the daily overtime thresholds.
Assembly Bill 456, which was passed in 2019, provides for a $0.75 increase to the minimum wage each year until the minimum wage reaches $12.00 per hour for employees who are not offered qualifying health benefits by their employer, and $11.00 per hour for employees who are offered qualifying health benefits by their employer. The first increase went into effect in 2020. The second $0.75 increase goes into effect on July 1st of this year.
Beginning July 1, 2021, the minimum wage in Nevada will be $9.75 per hour for employees who are not offered qualifying health benefits and $8.75 per hour for those who are offered qualifying health benefits.
With the increase to the minimum wage rates, there is a corresponding increase to the thresholds for daily overtime. Nevada is one of the few states that recognizes daily overtime (overtime for time worked over 8 hours in a 24-hour period) as well as overtime after 40 hours in a workweek. Due to Nevada’s unique minimum wage system, there are also two thresholds for daily overtime.
Employees who are offered qualifying health benefits from their employers and earn less than $13.13 per hour, and employees earning less than $14.63 per hour who are not offered qualified health benefits, are entitled to overtime whenever they work more than 8 hours in a 24-hour period or more than 40 hours in a workweek. Employees making at or above those threshold amounts are entitled to overtime only when they work more than 40 hours in a workweek.
Copies of the minimum wage and daily overtime bulletins can be downloaded from our Member Portal along with other required federal and state employment notices. Members who have our All-In-One Labor Laws Poster and the annual poster update service can expect to receive an update for the minimum wage and daily overtime postings in the coming months.
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