Idaho Wage and Hour Investigations: What you need to know

Employers in Idaho must let the director of the Department of Labor enter their places of employment, question employees, and investigate facts, conditions, or matters to determine whether any person has violated the wage payment laws. When presented with the director's written request for employment records, employers must provide the information. The director has the power to administer oaths and issue subpoenas to compel the production of wage-related evidence (ID Code Sec. 45-616).
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Terminated employees. If an employer fails to pay all wages due to a terminated employee, compensation must continue at the same rate until paid in full or up to 15 days, whichever is less. However, the maximum penalty cannot exceed $750 (ID Code Sec. 45-607). In court, the employer may have to pay the unpaid wages plus up to $750 in penalties or up to three times the amount of unpaid wages, whichever is greater, as well as costs and attorneys’ fees (ID Code Sec. 45-615).
Minimum wage. The director of the labor department may bring action in court to force compliance with the state's minimum wage law (ID Code Sec. 44-1508).
Child labor. Employers who violate the state's child labor laws regarding hours of work must pay a fine of up to $50. If the employer continues to violate the law, the employer must pay up to $20 per day for every day the violation continues (ID Code Sec. 44-1305).
Wage discrimination on the basis of sex. Under certain circumstances, an employer that pays employees of the opposite sex at different pay rates for comparable work is in violation of the law, even if there is a written agreement between the employer and the employee. The employer may have to pay the affected employee the amount of their ...

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