Idaho law requires every business with one employee or more to carry workers’ compensation insurance. This policy covers medical expenses when an employee is injured on the job.
Idaho businesses with employees are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Sole proprietors should also consider buying this coverage, as it can pay for work-related injury claims that might be denied by your health insurance provider.
Full-time, part-time, seasonal, and occasional workers all must be covered under Idaho state law. A business is required to have its workers’ comp insurance in place before the first employee is hired.
In some circumstances, independent contractors must be included under your workers’ compensation coverage. The requirements are determined on a case-by-case basis, and you must contact the Idaho Industrial Commission (IIC) to ensure that your business is in compliance with Idaho law.
Exemptions from workers’ compensation requirements in Idaho include:
Workers' compensation insurance covers the cost of medical treatment for employees who are injured on the job or who develop an occupational disease. It can also provide weekly payments while the employee is recovering and unable to work.
Workers' compensation benefits include:
Policies usually come with employer's liability insurance, which can help cover legal expenses if an employee blames their employer for an injury. However, the exclusive remedy provision in most workers' comp policies prohibits an employee from suing their employer if they accept workers' comp benefits.
Business owners in Idaho have four choices when it comes to buying a workers' compensation policy.
If an employee is injured at work and the employer does not have the required workers’ compensation coverage, the employer could be held personally liable for all benefits that would have been provided by workers’ compensation insurance. In addition, there could be a 10% penalty for the amount of medical and wage loss benefits, plus attorney fees incurred by the injured worker.
There’s also a penalty of $2 for each employee per day or $25 per day, whichever is higher, for the period of noncompliance. The IIC is permitted to file for an injunction that prohibits the employer from operating the business while in violation of the law. There can be criminal misdemeanor penalties, as well.
If an employee dies as a result of a work-related injury or illness, death benefits can be awarded to surviving dependents.
The surviving spouse can receive benefits for 500 weeks, unless they remarry within that time. Up to three dependent children can receive benefits until they reach 18 years old. Other family members, such as parents, siblings, grandparents, or grandchildren, could be eligible to receive benefits if they were financially dependent on the deceased worker.
Some funeral expenses can be paid if the death occurred within four years of the injury or disease.
A workers’ compensation settlement is an agreement between the parties that will resolve your workers’ compensation claim. This can benefit both the employee and the employer. A settlement in a workers’ compensation claim is a full and final resolution.
Most settlements close benefits forever, and they are provided in a lump sum. Every lump-sum settlement must be approved by the IIC before it is considered legally binding, and it must be in the best interest of all parties.
Some settlements allow for medical benefits to remain open, which is sometimes the case if the employee is likely to require additional or ongoing treatment.
A lump-sum settlement usually includes:
The State of Idaho does not have a statute of limitations on medical benefits if the employee has met filing and notice requirements, unless the claim was closed with a lump-sum settlement.
The employee is required to report any job-related injury or illness to the employer within 60 days of the date of the injury or discovery of the illness.
However, if income benefits were paid and discontinued more than four years from the date of the injury, the employee has one year from the date of the last payment to file an application for additional income benefits.
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