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Recruiting: Idaho

Recruiting requirements for other states

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

Authors: Scott Randolph, Holland & Hart LLP.


  • Under the Idaho Human Rights Act (IHRA), an employer may not refuse to recruit or hire a prospective employee based upon any protected characteristic. The IHRA applies to private employers with five or more employees. See Idaho Human Rights Act.
  • Job advertisements may not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability. See Idaho Human Rights Act.
  • Idaho's Department of Labor Idaho Works system provides an online venue in which employers and job seekers may access a comprehensive information system to assist in a variety of employment and training services throughout the State of Idaho. See Methods and Sources.
  • Private employers may give a hiring preference to veterans and the spouses of disabled veterans with a service-connected disability. See Veterans Preference.
  • Employers that hire minors must be aware of restrictions concerning permissible hours of work as well as types of jobs in which minors may engage. See Underage Workers.
  • Employers must understand the differences between hiring employees versus independent contractors because misclassifying workers can have serious financial and legal consequences. See Independent Contractors.