Nevada Lie Detector Tests laws & HR compliance analysis

Nevada Lie Detector Tests: What you need to know

Nevada has a strict law restricting the use of lie detector tests by private employers. Except under limited circumstances, it is illegal for employers to require or request employees or prospective employees to submit to a lie detector test, to use or inquire about the results of a test, and to discipline or refuse employment to anyone on the basis of the results of such a test or for refusing to submit to one. In addition, employers may not discharge, discipline, or discriminate against any employee or prospective employee who has filed any complaint against the employer or has testified or may testify in any legal proceeding based on this law.
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"Lie detector" means a polygraph, voice stress analyzer, psychological stress evaluator, or any other similar device, whether mechanical or electrical, that is used, or the results of which are used, for the purpose of rendering a diagnostic opinion regarding the honesty or dishonesty of an individual. "Polygraph" means an instrument that visually, permanently, and simultaneously records cardiovascular activity, respiratory activity, and changes in skin resistance, and is used for the purpose of rendering a diagnostic opinion regarding the veracity of any statement made by the person examined.
Exceptions. An employer may request that an employee who is suspected of theft, sabotage, or espionage submit to a lie detector test, provided the test is conducted as part of an ongoing investigation, the employee had access to the property that is the subject of the investigation, and the employer has reasonable suspicion that the employee was involved. The employer must provide the employee with a written statement detailing the incident being investigated, ...

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