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Labor Laws of Idaho

The State of Idaho has created labor laws to protect workers’ rights within the state. Employees should look carefully at their individual state rights. This will tell an employee what rights they have in regards to their employment and work environment. The laws of the state outline the procedures employees can use to protect these rights. 

Part-time vs. Full-time

Idaho doesn’t have a set amount of time you have to work to be considered part-time or full-time. Most companies will hold that 40 hours per week is full-time and less than that is part-time. Employees should reach out to their HR department to find out if they are considered full-time or part-time employees in the company

Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in Idaho is $7.25 per hour, the same as the federal minimum wage. For tipped employees, the minimum wage is $3.35 per hour. For employees under 20 years old, during training the minimum wage is $4.25 for the first 90 days. Idaho also requires that all employees must be paid at least monthly.


Idaho follows the Fair Labor Standards Act of paying 1 and ½ times the regular pay if you work over 40 hours per week. They also do not limit mandatory overtime so an employer can require an employee to work as many hours as the employer asks. 

Health Benefits

Under the ACA, any employer that has more than 50 or more full-time employees must offer health insurance. This plan must cover at least 60% of typical health costs. 

If your company has less than 50 employees, then it is up to the company to decide whether they will provide health insurance. It is important to note that the health insurance laws may change soon and employees should consult with a local lawyer in case of any new laws that pass.


If you have been discriminated against by an employer you can file a complaint with either the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Idaho Human Rights Commission. There are several time limits you should be careful about and speak with a local lawyer to find out what they are. The state also protects employees from retaliation from the employer for filing a discrimination claim. Idaho does limit the amount of damages you can win for a discrimination lawsuit. 

Time off

The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) only covers employees that are employed by companies that have 50 or more employees and conduct business in multiple states. Under FMLA an employee is eligible for up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave, medical and health benefits during that leave and the right to go back to their job when they return. FMLA applies to workers that have worked at least 1,250 hours over a 12-month period so it could possibly cover part-time employees.

Idaho does not require paid sick or vacation leave. It is up to each company to decide what they want to do and notify their employees. 

Where Can I Find a Lawyer to Help Me?

If you think you are not getting the basic rights and protections offered by your state's labor laws, then contact a local lawyer today.

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Last Modified: 02-21-2017 02:19 AM PST

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