Nevada’s Occupational Safety and Health Act provides employees with job safety and health protection throughout the state. To that end, Nevada’s Safety and Health notice has been updated to reflect the 2019 federal OSHA penalties for employer violations of the Act. While the notice was just issued, it has a new revision date of 9/19.
Penalties for Employer Violations
The “Proposed Penalty” section of the Nevada Safety and Health notice includes new penalties for serious and nonserious violations, failure-to-correct violations, willful or repeated violations, and criminal violations.
Mandatory and Optional Penalties
Employers are now subject to mandatory penalties of up to $13,260 for each serious violation, and they may be assessed optional penalties of up to $13,260 for each nonserious violation.
Employers are now required to pay up to $13,260 per day for failure to correct a violation within the proposed time period.
Willful or Repeated Penalties
Employers may be assessed penalties of up to $132,598 for each willful or repeated violation.
An employer who is found guilty of a willful violation that results in the death of an employee must now pay a maximum fine of $50,000 or serve a maximum prison sentence of 6 months—or both. After a first conviction, these maximum criminal penalties will be doubled if an employer is convicted again.
What’s Next for Nevada?
Including the update to the Safety and Health notice, Nevada has had seven labor law notice changes in 2019. While labor law notices can change at any time, we are anticipating an update to the state’s Annual Minimum Wage Bulletin and Annual Daily Overtime Bulletin sometime before July 1, 2020, when the new wage increases go into effect.
Compliance Made Easy!
If you have not already done so, we encourage you to order our 1-Year Compliance Plan, so that you will automatically receive the updated Nevada poster as soon as it is available. And because we provide free poster updates for mandatory changes, no matter how many occur during the plan year, you can always count on Poster Compliance Center to keep your business in compliance!