How Health Insurance Affects Minimum Wage In Nevada

By Rick Roskelley and Kathryn Blakey (July 17, 2018, 3:24 PM EDT) -- On May 31, 2018, the Nevada Supreme Court issued a 6-0 en banc decision in MDC Restaurants LLC et al v. The Eighth Judicial District Court,[1] addressing arguably the most hotly contested issue of law regarding the Nevada Constitution's minimum wage amendment, Nev. Cost. art. XV § 16. Specifically, the court was asked to clarify what constitutes "health benefits" for purposes of paying Nevada's lower-tier minimum wage. The court answered that question by determining, based on "common sense," that "the MWA requires an employer who pays one dollar per hour less in wages to provide a benefit in the form of health insurance at least equivalent to the one dollar per hour in wages that the employee would otherwise receive."[2]...

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