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Nevada Sick Leave: What you need to know

There is no Nevada law that requires private sector employers to provide employees paid or unpaid sick leave, although many employers do grant it as an important benefit. It is important to remember, however, that if sick leave is promised, an employer may have a legal obligation to grant it. Some courts have ruled, for example, that policies published in employee handbooks may constitute implied contracts, which are binding and enforceable. Thus, employers should regularly review policy statements made in handbooks or elsewhere to ensure that they accurately reflect current policies. If not, they should be changed, and employees notified of the changes.
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Under Nevada law, state employees receive 1 1 / 4 days of paid sick leave for each month worked per year, which may accumulate from year to year. After accumulating 90 days, an employee may carry forward only one-half of the accrued days for that year. If an employee has a long-term or chronic illness and has no more sick leave available, the Department of Personnel may authorize use of leave that has accrued but that has not been carried forward (NV Rev. Stat. Sec. 284.355).
Under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), covered employees may have the right to substitute sick days for any part of a leave taken because of their own serious health condition or to care for a spouse, child, or parent. The Act does not supersede state laws if they provide greater leave rights to employees. Employers that provide sick leave and are covered by both state law and the federal FMLA should carefully review the various provisions of both laws to make sure that employees receive the more ...

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