The State of Nevada has designated several days each calendar year as state holidays. The implications of these state holidays on public employers and private employers are discussed below.
The following list contains the state holidays recognized by Nevada.
- New Year’s Day (January 1)
- Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday (3rd Monday in January)
- Washington’s Birthday (3rd Monday in February)
- Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
- Independence Day (July 4)
- Labor Day (1st Monday in September)
- Nevada Day (last Friday in October)
- Veterans Day (November 11)
- Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
- Day after Thanksgiving (Family Day)
- Christmas Day (December 25)
- Any day appointed by the President of the United States for public fast, thanksgiving or as a legal holiday except for any Presidential appointment of the fourth Monday in October as Veterans Day
If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. If a holiday falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the prior Friday. NV Statute 236.015
State, county, and city offices, courts, public schools, and state colleges and universities must be closed on the legal holidays listed above. NV Statute 236.015 Nevada statutes do not specifically indicate whether holiday leave of state, county, and city employees must be paid leave.
Private employers in Nevada are not required to close on any of the listed holidays. Additionally, private employers are not required to allow employees to take either paid or unpaid time off on the holidays nor are they required to pay employees any premium wage rates to employees who work on the holidays. Private employers may establish policies or practices granting employees time off on any of the listed holiday or agree to pay premium wage rates to employees who work on those days. Employers who establish such policies or practices may be required to comply with them.
Find out more about Nevada’s Leave Laws.
Click here for a list of federal holidays.