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Legally Required Benefits: Idaho

Legally Required Benefits requirements for other states

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

Authors: Scott Randolph and William Dabney, Holland & Hart, LLP


  • Unemployment insurance is a nationwide program created to provide partial wage replacement to unemployed workers while they conduct an active search for work. Unemployment insurance is a joint federal-state program based on federal law and executed through state law. See Idaho Unemployment Insurance.
  • Employers finance unemployment insurance with state and federal tax contributions. The Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) was created to finance all administrative expenses of the federal/state unemployment insurance system and the federal costs involved in providing benefits. The Idaho unemployment tax is used only for the payment of regular benefits to qualified unemployed workers. See Idaho Unemployment Insurance.
  • Idaho unemployment insurance is provided under the Idaho Employment Security Law and is administered by the Idaho Department of Labor. Most employers are subject to the Idaho Employment Security Law. See Idaho Unemployment Insurance.
  • Unemployment benefits will generally last for up to 26 weeks. See Benefits.
  • Claimants must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. See Eligibility.
  • Employers must follow certain recordkeeping and posting requirements. See Recordkeeping Requirements; Posting Requirement.