Since 1938, NAE has been providing local businesses with products and support that help them successfully watch over and grow their business. We are very proud of our history and all that we've been able to offer to the local business community over the years. Our intent is to continue to provide quality human resources support to all of our members going forward and be a major part of northern Nevada's economic future.
The employer association concept has a very interesting history. Coming to prominence shortly after the Civil War, employer associations were seen by business as the conduit between them and the unions. In fact, employer associations called many of the lockouts back then rather than the employers. In 1895, the National Association of Manufacturers was created and with that the number of employer associations increased. During the early years of the 20th century, the top 10 employer associations represented over 15,000 employers in campaigns against the unions. As the years went on, employer associations have maintained their place in labor/management relations across the country. In the past several decades, many have also taken on the role of human resources support and political lobbying.
When NAE (known then as the Reno Employer's Council and part of the California Association of Employers) was formed in 1938, it was primarily the result of trying to maintain a union free environment in downtown Reno. In the late 30's and throughout the 40's, NAE was very involved in helping employers stay union free, in assisting employers in their campaign efforts and in representing employers in collective bargaining.
During the 1950's, the issue of right to work in Nevada was prevalent. The NAE was very much involved in a ballot initiative in 1952 to get the Right to Work Bill on the 1952 ballot. The ballot initiative was successful as was the vote and in 1952 the people of Nevada passed the Right to Work Bill. Union efforts to repeal this bill over the next several years were rejected by the voters. Nevada remains to this day a right to work state.
In 1962, NAE separated from the California Association of Employers and continued on with its labor relations efforts. In the 1980's, federal laws such as COBRA and IRCA added to an already lengthy list of employment laws in which employers were required to comply. NAE responded by becoming a professional resource for businesses in their efforts to operate within those laws. In addition, NAE added to its list of services a slate of training offerings intended to educate employers on their obligations under the law as well as supervisory development classes.
Currently, NAE provides support for approximately 400 Nevada employers in areas from employee relations to government relations, from employee opinion surveys to pay and benefit surveys, from public training programs to tailored on-site programs, from state and federal legislative updates to updates on new regulations on existing laws and from creating an employee handbook to providing you with all the required state and federal posters.