It’s important to stay up to date on all of the employment laws in your state so that you can maintain compliance in your business. We did some of the hard work for you and put some of the most important Idaho statutes in one place so you can either learn them for the first time or give yourself a refresher. 

However, remember that our summary is not qualified legal advice, laws are always subject to change, and they can vary from municipality to municipality. 

It’s up to you to make sure you’re compliant with all laws and statutes in your area. Consult with a qualified lawyer and/or your local government agencies if you have questions or concerns. 

Here are a few Idaho labor laws every small business owner should know.

Resources

First, here are a few helpful links and resources for you to bookmark and refer back to:

Leave

  • Sick Days: Employers are not required to provide paid or unpaid sick leave but must comply with their own established policies if they choose to implement one.
  • Medical Leave: Employers may be required to provide an employee unpaid leave in accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act or other federal laws.
  • Vacation Leave: Employers are not required to provide paid or unpaid vacation leave but must comply with their own established policies if they choose to implement one.
    • Employers can cap the amount of vacation time that can be accrued. 
  • Jury Duty: Employers are not required to pay an employee for time taken to respond to a jury summons, but they are not allowed to punish the employee in any way.
  • Holiday Leave: Private employers are not required to provide paid or unpaid time off for holidays. 
  • Voting Leave: No statute 
  • Bereavement Leave: Employers are not required to provide bereavement leave. 

Final Paycheck

Employers must pay employees who separate from employment for any reason (including termination and resignation) all final wages by the earlier of:

  • The next regularly scheduled payday
  • Within 10 days of separation of employment 

Minimum Wage

The current minimum wage in Idaho is $7.25.

Tipped Wages

Child Labor

  • Minors 14 and 15 years of age may not work: 
    • When school is in session
      • During school hours 
      • More than 3 hours on school days
      • Earlier than 7 a.m. or later than 7 p.m.
      • More than 18 hours a week
    • When school is not in session
      • More than 8 hours a day 
      • More than 40 hours a week
      • Earlier than 7 a.m. or later than 9 p.m. 
  • Minors 16 and 17 years of age may not work:
    • When school is in session:
      • During school hours 
    • When school is not in session:
      • More than 8 hours a day 
      • More than 40 hours a week 

Meal and Rest Breaks, Overtime

  • There are no state laws regarding overtime, so federal rules apply. 
  • There are no laws regarding breaks for employees 16 years of age or older, so federal laws apply. 
    • If an employer chooses to give a break according to federal law, breaks lasting 20 minutes or less must be paid. 
    • Meal periods of 30 minutes or longer do not need to be paid as long as employees can do as they wish.

Employment Discrimination

  • Idaho law makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age (persons aged 40 and older) and disability.
  • Click here to read our blog on what acceptable and unacceptable questions to ask during an interview.       

Termination

Idaho is an employment-at-will state, which means that without a written employee contract, employees can be terminated for any reason at any time, provided that the reason is not discriminatory and that the employer is not retaliating against the employee for a rightful action. 

Shift Scheduling

There are currently no laws regarding shift scheduling in Idaho.

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