Updated on December 21st, 2021
A Nebraska employment contract relays the terms and conditions that an employee and their employer sign off on when the employee is hired. The completed document will include the new hire’s duties and responsibilities, the duration of their employment, and their salary or hourly rate. If the agreement’s period is “at-will,” there will be no set termination date, and either party can terminate the contract at any time without cause. If the employer provides any employee benefits, vacation time, personal leave, or sick days, they must also be established in the document.
Independent Contractor Agreement – Allows an independent contractor to enter into a work agreement with a client.
Subcontractor Agreement – Used when an independent contractor is hired as a subcontractor to work on a larger project.
- Labor Statutes: Chapter 48 (Labor)
- Definition of Employee: § 48-115
- Minimum Wage: $9/hr (§ 48-1203(1)(c))
- Overtime: Federal min. – one and a half (1.5) times the employee’s standard wage (§ 207(a)(1), Part 778).
- Record Keeping: Employers must preserve employee records for at least three (3) years (§ 48-612, § 516); however, employers are not legally obligated to allow employees to access their file (§ 48-302).
Permitted? Yes, Nebraska allows “at-will” employees to be terminated without notice or reason. However, it is illegal to fire an employee for any of the following:
- Discrimination regarding the employee’s race, religion, gender, pregnancy, disability, or marital status (§ 48-1104)
- Age discrimination (§ 48-1004)
- Serving jury duty (§ 25-1674)
- Participating in labor activities (§ 48-217)
- Exercising their right to vote (§ 32-1537)