Idaho Pay Period Law

Q. If a pay date lands on a holiday, when do we need to pay our employees—before the holiday or on the next business day after the holiday?

A. Under Idaho’s wage claim law, and under most states’ similar laws, employers are required to pay all wages due to an employee on “a preceding workday” if the regular payday falls on a “non-workday.” A holiday is a “non-workday” under the law.

Idaho’s wage claim law provides additional protections for employees, including requirements for at least one pay period per month and that payment be made no more than 15 days after a pay period ends.  Failures to meet these requirements, and a failure to pay your employees on the business day preceding a payday falling on a holiday, can result in a civil penalty. 

For questions regarding employment matters, contact Jason R. Mau in Parsons’ Boise office at 208-562-4898 or send an email to