This page was updated on 9/14/18.
Laxalt opposes the very idea of a minimum wage.
In a 2017 speech, Laxalt asked “why in the world government can just force a business to pay more money,” lamenting “that argument isn’t even made anymore.”
Though Laxalt declined to “go into great depth” on his view, he said he’s “certainly opposed to raising the minimum wage” and evidenced disdain for supporters of increasing the minimum wage for the first time in nearly a decade, summing it up as “just one of these things where it’s like, ‘Do you like puppies?’ Sure. We all love puppies.”
Laxalt sued to deny a raise to 100,000 Nevadans, and refused to stop Trump’s attempt to let companies take workers’ tips.
Laxalt was aligned with billionaire special interests in opposing the Obama overtime rule. Laxalt’s complaint against the overtime rule was found on a secret online bulletin board run by the Republican Attorneys General Association that lets wealthy donors essentially write attorneys’ general policies. The Koch network, which is spending unprecedented amounts to elect Laxalt, also staunchly opposed the Obama overtime rule.
In 2016, Laxalt sued the Obama Administration over an administrative violation to stop working Nevadans from receiving fair compensation for working overtime. In 2018, a group of attorneys general sued the Trump Administration over the same administrative violation for trying to give companies control of workers’ tips, but Laxalt was silent.
Laxalt secretly signed onto a U.S. Supreme Court case against overtime for 2 million home health care workers.
In 2015, Laxalt signed onto a Supreme Court case to oppose a rule requiring home healthcare workers to be paid overtime, benefitting two million home care workers who were denied federal protections. Laxalt did not publicize his action and the Supreme Court declined to review the challenge to the law.