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.

What is the Difference Between Part-time vs. Full-time in Idaho?

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.

Typically, part-time employees are not granted the same types of rights and benefits as full-time employees. Generally speaking, full-time employees are entitled to various benefits, including medical insurance, dental insurance, paid vacation time, career advancement opportunities, and options with regards to retirement. Of course, this will all depend on the individual agreement and arrangement between the worker and their employer.

How Does Idaho Handle Minimum Wage and Overtime Pay?

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.

One of the most common disputes in this area occurs when an employer withholds overtime pay from employers that are entitled to such pay arrangements. When an employee is legitimately working overtime hours in the state of Idaho, the employer cannot then withhold their overtime paycheck, whether in full or in part. Disputes of this type can lead to a wage and hour claim, which will help to resolve the dispute over the pay amounts.

Does Idaho Offer Employee Health Benefits?

Under the Affordable Care Act (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. Again, health benefits are typically extended only to full-time employees, though this can of course vary by employer.

What Type of Employment Discrimination Protection Does Idaho Offer?

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.

Employers cannot discriminate against an employee based off several characteristics. For instance, they cannot deny benefits, promotions, or other advantages based on a person’s age, race, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation, and other categories. They also cannot discriminate against someone based on their pregnancy status, or based on a medical condition or legally-recognized disability.

Some discrimination cases can involve multiple employees and may be widespread throughout several departments of the company or business. When this happens, it is likely that there is some policy or overall practice of the business that is in violation of federal and/or Idaho laws. In such cases, a class action suit may be filed in order to help remedy the violations.

Does Idaho Offer Paid 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 Local Idaho 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 Idaho employment lawyer today. An Idaho employment attorney can provide you with legal advice and guidance for your claim.