Idaho Overtime Labor Law Requirements

We should take a look at Idaho overtime law, if not because it gives us a good look at overtime rules in a Rocky mountain state. But Idaho overtime law also is one of the state overtime laws that takes its own direction. This is, of course, compared to many state overtime laws, which simply either don’t exist or defer much of their authority to the federal law.

With Idaho overtime law, on the other hand, we have a law that recognizes the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, the national law that covers overtime rules for interstate businesses. For instance, when we read the Idaho overtime law, we see the Fair Labor Standards Act specifically mentioned in the opening clause of the laws.

It’s mentioned because Idaho follows the FLSA’s rules that a standard workweek is 40 hours, consisting of seven consecutive days of 24 hours each, and that if an employee works more than 40 hours in that timeframe, then their employee is required to pay them one and a half times their normal pay rate for all the time worked over those 40 hours.

The Idaho law continues to declare that when it comes to overtime pay in a two-week stretch, it is only each single work week that counts. In other words, the two weeks cannot be averaged together.

When it comes to salaried employees, we should also take note that Idaho law gives them the rights to overtime law. That means they get the time and a half pay over 40 hours even though they are not technically hourly employees. The Idaho law, though, tells us that such salaried workers that are specifically exempt under FLSA are exempt in Idaho too.

Other exemptions—or employees not entitled to overtime in Idaho—include employees of certain small businesses with less than $500,000 in gross annual sales. To figure out if they are exempt, the law states that these businesses should check with their lawyer.

The Ohio overtime laws can be found in detail on the Idaho Complete Labor Law poster.

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