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Pending Regulatory Actions By Nevada Labor Commissioner

Nevada Labor Commissioner Thoran Towler and his team continue to work on a number of important regulatory matters of which Nevada employers should be aware, including:

Regulations Workshop on July 18, 2014

By way of bulletins issued on April 1, 2014, the Labor Commissioner confirmed there will be no increase in Nevada's minimum wage and daily overtime rates through July 1, 2015. However, other important issues concerning the wage and hour regulations pertaining to the state's minimum wage system, its interrelationship with employers who provide "qualified health insurance," and the Minimum Wage Amendment to the Nevada Constitution prompted the Labor Commissioner to issue a notice last week announcing his intent to hold a workshop to obtain public comment on specific minimum wage related regulations.

The workshop is set for 9:00 a.m. on Friday, July 18, 2014, and will be held simultaneously at two locations: (a) the Gaming Control Board in Carson City; and (2) the Grant Sawyer Building in Las Vegas. A copy of the workshop notice, regulations and other materials are available at www.laborcommissioner.com or by clicking here.

Employer Prevailing Wage Surveys Due By July 15, 2014

State law requires the Labor Commissioner to survey construction contractors that have performed work during the previous year in order to determine the "prevailing wage rates" such employers must pay to employees when working on all Nevada public works construction projects, such as schools, libraries, roadways and government buildings, costing more than $100,000. The surveys were made available on April 1, 2014 and hard copy responses are due by Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in order to be used in setting the new prevailing wage rates to be posted by October 1, 2014. The deadline to file an e-mailed survey response already passed as of July 1, 2014.

Labor Commissioner Towler stresses that the "deadline is critical" because if "the survey has not been received in either our Carson City or Las Vegas office by 5:00 p.m. on July 15th, it won't be counted in the survey. It is the contractor's responsibility to make sure the survey has been received." Construction contractors can access the survey by visiting www.laborcommissioner.com or by clicking here and scrolling down to the "Forms for Construction Wage Survey" heading.

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