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How do wage claims work in Idaho?

On Behalf of | Apr 18, 2024 | Employment Law - Employees

If you work in Idaho and suspect your employer has not paid you the full amount you earned, you may need to file a wage claim. Taking action enables you to seek the unpaid wages, overtime or bonus pay you deserve.

Learning about the process of initiating a wage claim can prepare you to address these employment law issues effectively.

When to consider filing a claim

If your employer attempts to pay you less than the minimum wage, you should consider filing a wage claim. Currently, Idaho’s minimum wage is $7.25 per hour or $3.35 per hour if you are a tipped employee.

A wage claim may also be necessary if your workplace does not pay employees for overtime. Working beyond the 40-hour workweek entitles you to overtime pay if you are non-exempt. In addition, if your employer has not paid you for all the hours you worked or has failed to issue your final paycheck after you leave your job, filing a wage claim is an appropriate step.

How to initiate a wage claim

You can begin filing a wage claim online through the Idaho Department of Labor. Your application will include information about your situation and identifiers like your social security number. You must also provide your employer’s business name, address, and phone number.

To complete the application, it is important to know the dates your employment began and ended. Additionally, you may need to specify the pay period for which you have not received proper compensation. It is helpful to have a record of the hours worked during that period. If available, include a copy of your pay stub to substantiate your claim.

What to include in your claim

When filing your wage claim, accuracy is important. The information you submit must be correct and complete. Submitting incorrect or fraudulent claims can lead to serious consequences, including substantial fines. If you find the process confusing or need more help, the Idaho Department of Labor can provide more information and clarify the steps.

By filing a wage claim, you can address pay discrepancies and ensure you receive the compensation you have earned. This approach helps protect your rights and can assist in resolving issues with your employer.