In Nevada, an employer must follow strict deadlines for paying an employee who is terminated or quits. Failing to follow these deadlines can result in costs and penalties.
An Employee Who Is Terminated
Under Nevada law, when an employer fires or lays off an employee, any wages or other compensation earned at that time become due and payable immediately. If an employer fails to pay those wages and compensation within 3 days of the employee’s termination, then the employer owes the discharged employee wages for each day after the termination, for up to 30 days.
Of course, if an employer tries to pay the wages due, then the former employee can’t hide or try to avoid payment in an attempt to get more money.
An Employee Who Quits
When an employee quits or resigns, an employer must pay any earned wages and compensation to the former employee either by the day the employer would have regularly paid the employee or within 7 days of the employee’s last day, whichever is earlier. As with termination, if an employer fails to pay wages and compensation due by that date, then the employer owes the former employee wages and compensation for each day after the employee’s last day, for up to 30 days.
Enforcing the Law
When an employer violates these laws, the former employee has a lien on the money the employer owes and can hire an attorney to recover the money. If the employee wins, then the court will likely also require the employer to pay the fees for the employee’s attorney.
Another option is to file a wage claim with the Nevada Labor Commissioner or file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor. This option is better when the amount of the claim is relatively small.