Filing a Wage and Hour Claim - Idaho

The current minimum wage in Idaho is $7.25 per hour, which is equal to the federal minimum wage of $7.25. Employers, however, can use tips and gratuities to reduce the minimum wage required to $3.35 per hour, which is higher than the federal tipped minimum of $2.13 per hour. New hires under the age of 20 may be paid at a lower rate of $4.25 per hour for the first 90 calendar days of employment.

Employees in executive, administrative, professional or agricultural activities are exempt from the minimum wage requirement. The following employees are also exempt from the minimum wage requirement:

  • Domestic service workers
  • Outside salespeople
  • Employees at a non-profit season camp
  • Children under the age of 16 working odd jobs for less than four hours per day

No cities or counties in Idaho currently have a minimum wage different from the state or federal requirements.

Idaho does not have any meal or rest break requirements.

You can electronically file a wage claim with the Idaho Department Labor’s Wage & Hour Section. Other complaints can be filed with the Idaho Department of labor as well. There is also a printable copy of the wage claim form. The filing should include as much information and documentation as possible. This process can be completed with or without an attorney.

If you have a wage/hour complaint, do not delay in contacting the Wage & Hour Section to file a claim. There are strict time limits in which wage claims must be filed. In order for the agency to act on your behalf, you must file the complaint within two years from the date that the claim arose.

As you might have other legal claims with shorter deadlines, do not wait to file your claim until your time limit is close to expiring. You may wish to consult with an attorney prior to filing your claim, but it is not necessary to have an attorney to file your claim.

In Idaho, employees can file a private lawsuit to recover unpaid wages, liquidated damages, attorney’s fees and costs.

Boise / Central Idaho Area
Daniel Rodriguez
Labor Compliance Officer
219 West Main Street
Boise, ID. 83735-0030
Phone: (208) 332-3579 ext. 3192
Fax: (208) 639-3257

Burley / Southern Idaho Area
Linda Castaneda
Labor Compliance Officer
127 West 5th Street North
Burley, Id. 83318-3457
Phone: (208) 332-3579 ext. 3128
Fax: (208) 639-3257

Canyon County/Western Idaho Area
Marina Reynoso
Labor Compliance Officer
4514 Thomas Jefferson Ave.
Caldwell, Id. 83605-5100
Phone: (208) 332-3579 ext. 3195
Fax: (208) 639-3257

Kootenai County/Northern Idaho Area
Jeff Barker
Labor Compliance Officer
600 North Thornton Street
Post Falls, Id. 83854
Phone: (208) 332-3579 ext. 3978
Fax: (208) 639-3257

Pocatello/Eastern Idaho Area
Artie L. Holmes
Program Supervisor
Labor Compliance Officer
430 North 5th Avenue
Pocatello, Id. 83205-4087
Phone: (208) 332-3579 ext. 3659
Fax: (208) 639-3257

Idaho also maintains a list of local Department of Labor offices.

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Madeline Messa

Madeline Messa is a 3L at Syracuse University College of Law. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in journalism. With her legal research and writing for Workplace Fairness, she strives to equip people with the information they need to be their own best advocate.