Nevada isn’t the worst place to work in the U.S.
But it’s not the best, either.
Oxfam America recently released a report ranking “The Best and Worst States to Work in America.” Nevada came in 33rd. That was one spot better than Wyoming, and one spot worse than Arkansas.
The criteria were state polices on “wages, worker protections, and right to organize.”
The District of Columbia, California and Washington had the highest overall scores. Alabama, Mississippi and Virginia had the lowest.
A measure was enacted in Nevada this year to begin raising the minimum wage in increments to $12 by 2025. But the first 75 cent increase won’t take effect until next July, so as of now Nevada has the same tiered minimum wage system it’s had for more than a decade: $7.25 for employees who are offered health care benefits, and $8.25 for employees who aren’t.
Nevada’s ranking presumably would have been lower, except Oxfam used the $8.25 wage.
Nevada’s ranking presumably would have been higher if it was one of several states allowing cities and counties to pass their own minimum wage laws — another criteria in the Oxfam America report.