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Employment Laws in Idaho

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Employers in Idaho must conform to these state rules relating to the employment relationship.

Employer is one that hires five or more employees for each working day in each of 20 or more calendar weeks in the current or preceding calendar year whose services are to be partially or wholly performed in Idaho, except for domestic servants hired to work in and about the employer's household.

Included in the definition of employer are contractors or subcontractors that furnish material or perform work for the state, any agency of or any governmental entity within the state and any agent of an employer.

Religious corporations, associations, or societies that employ individuals of a particular religion to perform work for the carrying on of their religious activities are not covered.

For purposes of the equal pay law, employee means an individual employed by an employer.

Prohibited Employment Discrimination

Discrimination against employees and job applicants in employment practices is prohibited when based on:

  • race
  • color
  • religion
  • sex
  • national origin
  • age (40 and over)
  • disability

Genetic information and testing. Employers of five or more persons cannot in connection with a hiring, promotion, retention or other related decision, access or otherwise take into consideration private genetic information about an individual.

In addition, employers are prohibited from requiring or requesting that an individual take a genetic test.

Recordkeeping/Posting Requirements

Idaho employers must display an employment discrimination poster.

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