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Payment of Wages: Idaho

Payment of Wages requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Scott Randolph, Holland & Hart LLP


  • The term wages is broadly defined in Idaho law. See Definition of Wages.
  • An employer may pay wages in cash, by check or by direct deposit. See Payment of Wages.
  • Idaho employers must pay their employees at least once every month, no later than 15 days after the end of the pay period. Penalties are imposed for violations of the pay frequency rules. See Pay Frequency.
  • With the consent of employees, Idaho law allows employers to make various pay deductions. See Permitted and Prohibited Wage Deductions.
  • If there is a dispute over wages, an employer must pay wages that it concedes are due. The employee may still dispute the remaining amounts. See Permitted and Prohibited Wage Deductions.
  • Idaho employers must provide employees with a statement of the deductions made from their paychecks each pay period in which deductions are made. See Pay Statements.
  • Idaho employers must notify employees of certain pay related information when they are hired and before any pay reductions. See Employee Notification Requirements.
  • Employers must pay employees all wages upon separation from employment according to legally prescribed deadlines. See Final Pay.
  • Idaho's general estates law may apply to an employer who owes wages or other property to a deceased employee. See Deceased Employee Wages.
  • Unpaid wages that remain unclaimed by the owner for more than one year after becoming payable are presumed abandoned. See Unclaimed Wages.