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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 and William Dabney, Holland & Hart, LLP


  • 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.
  • Employers must pay employees all wages upon separation from employment according to legally prescribed deadlines. See Termination Pay.
  • Idaho employers must keep employment records for at least three years from the last date the employee worked for the employer. See Recordkeeping Requirements.
  • Unpaid wages that remain unclaimed by the owner for more than one year after becoming payable are presumed abandoned. See Unclaimed Wages.