COVID-19 & the Idaho Department of Labor’s Labor Update

By May 2, 2020August 7th, 2020COVID-19

As Idaho enters stage 1 of their plan to bring individuals back to the workplace, the Idaho Department of Labor advised on some common questions they received from employers recently. Please see the state’s bulletin below that highlights these common questions and answers.

What do I do if my employees refuse to return to work?

If individuals receive unemployment benefits, they are obligated to accept suitable work. If they refuse to accept work, the state should review the situation. Please email the state details including when the associate was asked to return to work and how the offer was made at Please do not include the employee’s social security number to help prevent identity theft.

How do I let you know when my employees return to work?

The easiest way to report associates’ return to work or to report new employees, is through the new hire reporting process. Information is available at the Idaho Department of Labor New Hire page.

Are my employees required to report the payments I have made to them while they have been furloughed and receiving unemployment insurance benefits?

If individuals receive unemployment benefits, they are required to report the earnings they receive in the same fashion they would if they were working for wages. If employers have a reason to believe they are not, please let the state know at

Do I have an obligation to notify employees at the time of separation from employment of the availability of unemployment compensation?

Yes, under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, employers must provide notification of the availability of unemployment compensation to associates at the time of separation from employment. Sample language for employers’ use in meeting this requirement can be found on the state’s website in this PDF.

Please review other common questions and answers on the state’s webpage at


Our office will monitor COVID-19 updates closely and will send out additional announcements as we become aware of any updates. You can also review these updates on our website at too.

Please reach out to your representative with any questions.

Mike Parker

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Mike has 30 years of experience in unemployment cost control management, and has been with Thomas & Company for 25 years. He is the primary contact with state agencies building strong relationships, lobbying for opportunities that increase quality of service and efficiencies, and insuring compliance with state specific requirements. He works with the client service team, answering technical questions related to the unemployment insurance programs administered by the individual states and oversees the processes associated with wage audits and fraudulent claim inquiries. Mike is a member of the SIDES Operations Committee and currently sits on four Operations Committee subcommittees.

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