7 Tips for Hiring Employees in Nevada: The Employer’s 2023 Guide

Nicole Rothstein

From manufacturing and mining to tourism and tech, business opportunities are plentiful in Nevada. If your Nevada business is growing and you’re ready to build a team, keep reading. 

In this 2023 guide, we’ll go over our top seven tips for hiring employees for your Nevada business.

1. Get your employer identification numbers 

Every employer in the United States needs a Federal Employer Identification Number, or FEIN. This number is used to identify your business by both the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the state of Nevada. 

Additionally, Nevada businesses must be registered with the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation to receive an Employer Account Number. This number is used to file employment reports, as well as to report and pay for unemployment insurance.

2. Obtain workers’ compensation insurance

Nevada employers are also required to secure workers’ compensation insurance, even if their workers are only employed part-time. The purpose of workers’ compensation is to cover some of the costs that may be incurred if a worker is injured on the job, or acquires an illness as a result of performing their job. Workers’ compensation is an employer obligation, meaning no fees are deducted from employee paychecks.

3. Comply with labor laws

Staying up to date on labor laws in Nevada is critical for every employer in the state. Most of this information can be found on the Office of the Nevada Labor Commissioner website. Below are a few key laws:

  1. Minimum wage: In Nevada, employers offering health benefits must pay a minimum wage of $9.50 per hour, while those not offering health benefits must pay a minimum of $10.50 per hour.
  2. Employing minors: Minors under the age of 14 need written permission from a district court judge in the county in which they live in order to be employed. Minors under the age of 16 are restricted to eight hours of employment per day when school is not in session. During the school year, minors under 16 years of age cannot work longer than three hours per day. See Chapter 609 – Employment of Minors for more details.
  3. Paid leave: In 2019, Nevada passed Senate Bill 312, which outlines rules on paid leave for employees. This includes a law that private sector employers with 50 or more employees must allow a certain amount of paid leave each year. See the webpage for calculation details.
  4. Jury duty: Time off for jury duty does not have to be paid by the employer. 
  5. Display the required Department of Labor posters: Employment posters communicate important employee rights. Nevada and the US Department of Labor require specific posters to be hung in areas of your business where employees can easily see them. These posters include information about workplace safety and other information critical to employment in Nevada.

4. Prepare your business for hiring

There are a number of steps to take to prepare your business for a successful recruiting and hiring experience. First, determine what specific needs you are looking to fill, what types of skills and qualifications are required to fill those needs, and how much time the tasks will take so that you have clarity on whether you need a full-time or part-time employee. With this information at hand, go forth and draft that job description. 

Next, add key details about compensation, benefits, and your company culture. (If you’re still unsure about your company culture, check out our article about why it’s such an important workplace factor in 2023.) Now you’re ready to share your job and company description and start connecting with candidates!

When the applications start rolling in, take the following steps with your top candidates: 

  • Allow them to meet and interact with current employees.
  • Check their references.
  • Ask them to complete relevant assessments. 

Note that Nevada law requires employers to disclose the wage or salary range when interviewing job applicants. Employers may not, however, ask about the candidate’s prior or current salary or benefits.

Determining if someone is a good fit for your company is easier when you have a strategic hiring process in place—and Gusto has a solution for that. Check out our products that can help you recruit, hire, and onboard the dream team you’re seeking.

5. Considerations for remote employees

If employees don’t need to be physically present at your office or worksite in Nevada, you might decide that your best candidate is someone who resides outside the state of Nevada and can work remotely.

Check out our beginner’s guide to paying remote employees for information about how to set up payroll taxes (more on this topic later) for remote workers, and brush up on the labor laws for the states in which your remote employees reside.

6. Gather the required paperwork for new hires in Nevada

When you find a great candidate and they accept your offer, the onboarding process begins! And naturally, that process includes some more forms to fill out.

Eligibility for employment in the United States must be verified for every new worker. The Division of Human Resource Management in Carson City, NV, is your contact for employment and wage verification for the state, and an I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form will also need to be completed.

Additionally, new employees must be reported to the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation within 20 days of hiring. Rehired employees must be reported if the time separated from employment exceeds 60 consecutive days. This is important so that the state can follow up on child support matters as needed. 

7. Learn everything you need to know about payroll taxes in Nevada

Every new employee should complete a W-4, Employee Withholding Certificate. If they do not complete the form, you will withhold from employees’ wages as though they do not claim any income tax exemptions. See IRS Publication 15 for more information on tax withholding.

You can also check out Gusto’s hourly and salary paycheck calculators. We’ve included information on state and federal laws pertaining to unemployment insurance, overtime pay, what needs to be included on your employees’ payroll stubs, and much more.

Whether your business thrives in the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas or the quiet of Tonopah, hiring is an exciting and rewarding part of growing a company—but it can also be overwhelming. With this 2023 hiring guide at your fingertips, you have the tools and resources you need to take on the tasks ahead and grow your Nevada business with confidence.

Nicole Rothstein Nicole Rothstein covers a variety of topics related to finance, small business advocacy, and workforce and regional development. In addition to writing for and managing several blogs and publications, she has worked closely with federations, chambers of commerce, nonprofits, small businesses and financial institutions to create impactful content marketing strategies.
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