Employment in Idaho

You can collect compensation for injuries suffered due to your job. The law mandates that almost all businesses offer a certain amount of compensation for injuries without you needing to go to court. Workers' compensation laws differ from state to state. Idaho workers compensation law says that workers can receive compensation for medical expenses incurred by your job-related injury. You can also get compensation for temporary total disability, which occurs if you are completely unable to work for a time. This holds true whether you are affected by an injury or a disease that came about through your job.

If you can work again, but have a permanent disability, you can still be compensated. Death of an employee results in no more than 500 weeks of benefits for the surviving husband or wife. A dependent child may collect these benefits until he or she turns 18 years old.

If you need rehabilitation to enable you to return to work, you can benefit from the services offered by the Industrial Commission Rehabilitation Division. They will try to help you get back on track with a job type and payment level similar to what you had before you were injured.

Wrongful Termination: What Is It?

You cannot be fired from your job due to discrimination against your race, country of origin, sex, age, or religious beliefs or practices. You may not be terminated for a disability, whether you are disabled during or before your employment. You cannot legally be terminated for becoming pregnant.

In fact, these aspects of your life should not be taken into account when your employer is making decisions on job assignments, payment amounts, promotions, or terminations.

No employer can terminate someone for filing a complaint about safety or discrimination or for refusal to break laws. You cannot be fired unless the company adheres to its own policies during the process, and you can't be fired for a cause not included in the contract. You may not be discharged for taking time off through the Family Medical Leave Act.

Unemployment Benefits

In Idaho, you may be entitled to unemployment benefits if you have been terminated without just cause. These programs are managed by the state of Idaho, and include state and federal aspects. You must fulfill several requirements before you can receive unemployment compensation, including previous employment. You must not bear any of the blame for your termination, and you will need to continue answering questions about ongoing need for the benefits. You'll also need to file claims every so often.

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