Nevada: Legislature Defines “Health Benefits” for Lower-Tier Minimum Wage Rate


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January 1, 2020


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Senate Bill 192 recently passed defining “health benefits” for purposes of employers paying the lower-tier minimum wage. Specifically, employers may pay a lower tier minimum wage if they provide health benefits to employees. There has been some controversy over what “health benefits” means. Last year, in MDC Restaurants, LLC v. The Eighth Judicial Dist. Court, the Nevada Supreme Court stated that health benefits must be “at least equivalent to the one dollar per hour in wages that the employee would otherwise receive” for the higher-tier minimum wage, and cost the employer at least an additional dollar in wages.

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