Idaho public records request and/or requests for confidential information

The following information is not new law, but agency guidance designed to clarify the existing statutes or regulations.

The Idaho Department of Labor’s guidelines for disclosure of public records and confidential employment security information may be accessed at: Idaho Department of Labor AO #651.

All records available to the public are located at the Idaho Department of Labor’s Central Office in Boise – 317 Main Street, Boise, ID 83735.

The department’s designated records custodian is Georgia Smith (208) 696-2163. The designated backup is JoAnna Henry (208) 696-2889.

Laws

Pursuant to Idaho Code § 74-102(10), the department may recover costs associated with the disclosure of department records when responding to the request requires more than two hours of labor and copying records exceeds 100 pages. The department considers the actual cost for all requests made in a calendar year of $100 or less to be nominal and incidental and does not seek reimbursement for the first $100 of actual costs incurred.

Requesting confidential employment security records

Employment security information is any information descriptive of an identifiable person or persons received by, recorded by, prepared by, furnished to, or collected by the Idaho Department of Labor, or the Industrial Commission in the administration of the Employment Security Law. For more information, see Idaho Code § 74-106(7) and 20 CFR § 603.6 

Employee: If you are an employee requesting information about yourself, you will need to submit your request in writing and we will verify your identity before we release the documents. An easy way to have us verify your identity is to fill out an informed consent release, have it notarized at your bank and email or send it to us as your request.

Employer: If you are an employer requesting information about your business, you need to complete an informed consent release.

If you do not represent the individual or employer and are seeking records for an individual or an employer, you are a third party and must complete the Third Party Confidentiality Agreement.

Third party: If you are requesting records that are NOT your own or if you are an attorney or an agent and you are requesting records of someone who is NOT a client, the following documents must be completed:

Attorney:

* Employment Security Law purpose — any purpose that arises under Idaho Employment Security Law found at Idaho Code Section 72-1301 et seq.

Requesting public records

A Public Records request includes but is not limited to, written documents and electronic files containing information relating to the conduct or administration of the public’s business prepared, owned, used or retained by the Idaho Department of Labor. Under the Idaho Public Records Law, Idaho Code §§ 74-101 through 74-120, the public can request in writing to examine or copy these types of public records, unless the information is specifically exempt from disclosure by law.

To request a public record, a request must be submitted via email to records.request@labor.idaho.gov. To ensure public records are answered in a timely manner, all email requests must be sent to this email address and must contain the name of the individual requesting the record, information or records requested, a date range for the records they seek, the requestor’s mailing address, email address and telephone number. The telephone number will be used to clarify the request should there be any questions.

Subject matter guidelines

The Idaho Department of Labor keeps and maintains the following public records. Some public records are available on the Department’s website (links below). While most agency records are available to the public, certain records may be withheld from disclosure due to specific exemptions in the Idaho Public Records Law – Title 74, Chapter 1.

Administration – Records that pertain to the day-to-day business operations of the agency (fiscal and budget information, audits, purchasing records, facility and auto records, department contracts) and information regarding legislation and rules.

Unemployment Insurance – Records that pertain to policies, procedures and administering USDOL Unemployment Insurance benefits, grant administration, program information and program audits, wage claims filed against employers; and farm labor contractors licensed to operate in the state of Idaho.

Workforce and Commissions – Records that pertain to board meeting minutes, grant administration documents, policies and procedures for administering workforce training and development programs, employment service program information and program audits, Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notifications (WARN notices).

Submission

Submission options:

Mail:
Idaho Department of Labor
Attn: Records Custodian
317 W. Main St.
Boise, ID 83735
Fax: 208-780-5126
Email: records.request@labor.idaho.gov

Employment security records

Requests for employment security information, including but not limited to unemployment history, wage history and employment verification.

Public records

Requests for any information outside of employment security information, including but not limited to statistics and public record.

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