Idaho bars localities from surpassing state minimum wage

Idaho law bars local laws and ordinances from raising the minimum wage beyond that set under state law, which currently tracks the federal minimum wage, now at $7.25 an hour (see PAYROLL MANAGEMENT GUIDE REPORT LETTER 2448, dated March 22, 2016). The legislation amends Idaho Code Section 44-1502 to remove obsolete language and ensure that the minimum wage is decided by the legislature and uniformly applied across the state. Specifically, the bill provides that no political subdivision of the state “shall establish by ordinance or other action minimum wages higher than the minimum wages provided in this section.” Accordingly, it would prevent the local minimum wage from being raised by legislative action or ballot initiative. (H.B. 463, Laws 2016, Law without Governor’s signature, March 22, 2016.)

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