Idaho Legislative Update

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As you are aware, the Idaho Legislature is in session and considering new legislation. It is considering several employment and labor bills, but only a few of those under current consideration may affect private businesses in Idaho.

The first, House Bill 71, seeks to amend the law pertaining to discrimination by making it unlawful to inquire about a prospective employee’s past salary history. The statement of purpose for the bill reads as follows:

A wage gap persists nationally,

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Idaho Human Rights Commission Statistics FY2015

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Today I attended a continuing legal education seminar for the Idaho State Bar Employment and Labor Law Section. Linda Goodman, Administrator/Director of the Idaho Human Rights Commission, was the presenter. I thought some of the statistics she presented were worth passing on.

During the Commission’s 2015 fiscal year, 443 new cases were filed, up from 435 in fiscal year 2014. Of the 443 new cases, 414 were employment related. The following table shows what categories of employment discrimination the cases alleged:

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