Scott Mahoney

Scott Mahoney is a partner in the Las Vegas office of the law firm Fisher & Phillips. He is an experienced trial lawyer who defends harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination and other cases. He also advises employers regarding employee handbooks, policies and procedures, terminations, employment contracts and responses to administrative agency complaints, with special emphasis in the hospitality and gaming industries. Contact him at

Articles by Scott Mahoney

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Nevada’s New Social Media Law Takes Effect October 1

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By Scott Mahoney

Unless it is necessary to comply with a state or federal law or regulation, effective October 1, 2013, it will be illegal for a Nevada employer to require, request, or even suggest that an employee or a prospective employee disclose the user name, password or other access information to his or her personal social media account.

The new law broadly defines “social media account.” It includes any electronic service or account, or electronic content, including videos, photographs, blogs, video blogs, podcasts, instant and text messages, email programs or services, online services or Internet website profiles. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Will Nevada Arbitration Agreements Be Enforceable After Sept. 30?


By Scott Mahoney

Some employers have decided that it is beneficial to try to avoid public lawsuits and arbitrate disputes they may have with their employees.

Such employers typically require employees to agree to arbitration at the time of employment by including such language in their employment applications or other documents that are signed by employees.

Employers may lose their right to arbitrate future disputes if they are not familiar with the provisions of a new Nevada law which provides that any arbitration agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2013 will be void and unenforceable unless the employee has specifically authorized and agreed to arbitration. Arbitration agreements in existence before October 1 are not subject to these requirements (unless they are renewed after that date). Read more…