Nevada Public Officers and Employees

Sec. § 284.281
Unclassified service: Policies and procedures.


1.

Unless, pursuant to a specific provision of state or federal law, a person is disqualified from employment in a particular position because of the particular criminal history of the person, the criminal history of an applicant or other qualified person for a position in the unclassified service of the State may be considered only after the earliest of:

(a)

The final interview conducted in person;

(b)

The appointing authority has extended to the applicant a conditional offer of employment; or

(c)

If applicable, the applicant has been certified by the Administrator.

2.

An appointing authority may, before examining an applicant or extending to an applicant a conditional offer of employment, notify the applicant of any provision of state or federal law that disqualifies a person with a particular criminal history from employment in a particular position.

3.

Unless, pursuant to a specific provision of state or federal law, a person is disqualified from employment in a particular position because of the particular criminal history of the person, an appointing authority may rescind a conditional offer of employment extended to an otherwise qualified person who has criminal charges pending against him or her that were filed within the previous 6 months or has been convicted of a criminal offense only after considering:

(a)

Whether any criminal offense charged against the person or committed by the person directly relates to the responsibilities of the position for which the person has applied or is being considered;

(b)

The nature and severity of each criminal offense charged against the person or committed by the person;

(c)

The age of the person at the time of the commission of each criminal offense;

(d)

The period between the commission of each criminal offense and the date of the application for employment in the unclassified service; and

(e)

Any information or documentation demonstrating the person’s rehabilitation.

4.

An appointing authority shall not consider any of the following criminal records in connection with an application for employment:

(a)

Except as otherwise provided in subsection 3, an arrest of the applicant which did not result in a conviction;

(b)

A record of conviction which was dismissed, expunged or sealed; or

(c)

An infraction or misdemeanor for which a sentence of imprisonment in a county jail was not imposed.

5.

If the criminal history of an applicant is used as a basis for rescinding a conditional offer of employment, rescission of the conditional offer of employment must:

(a)

Be made in writing;

(b)

Include a statement indicating that the criminal history of the applicant was the basis for the rescission of the offer; and

(c)

Provide an opportunity for the applicant to discuss the basis for the rescission of the offer with the director of human resources for the appointing authority or a person designated by the director.

6.

An application for employment must include a statement that:

(a)

A record of conviction will not necessarily bar the applicant from employment; and

(b)

The appointing authority will consider factors such as:

(1)

The length of time that has passed since the offense;

(2)

The age of the applicant at the time of the offense;

(3)

The severity and nature of the offense;

(4)

The relationship of the offense to the position for which the applicant has applied; and

(5)

Evidence of the rehabilitation of the applicant.

7.

This section does not apply to any applicant for employment:

(a)

As a peace officer or firefighter; or

(b)

In any position that entails physical access to a computer or other equipment used for access to the Nevada Criminal Justice Information System or the National Crime Information Center.
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Feb. 5, 2021