Unemployment, qualifications
EMPLOYMENT SECURITY LAW – Amends existing law to revise provisions regarding personal eligibility conditions to qualify for unemployment benefits.

RS31529 / H0686

This legislation would define what qualifies as a “work search” activity that unemployment claimants must engage in to receive unemployment insurance benefits. Specifically, this bill requires claimants to conduct five work search actions per week in order to receive benefits. Idaho currently only requires two work search activities per week as outlined by administrative rule. The legislation also defines “work search” activities and requires these claimants to report to the Department which qualified “work search” activities they have conducted weekly. The final provision in this bill would explicitly prohibit the practice of “ghosting” of an employer interview by unemployment insurance claimants and would require the Department to maintain an email address and web portal for employers to report claimant “ghosting.”

The department already has several rules and regulations defining work search and has a portal for businesses to report potential employees who ghost job interviews, so we don’t anticipate a significant cost to the department to implement this legislation.

Bill Events
Date Description
02/29 Introduced, read first time, referred to JRA for Printing
02/29 Reported Printed and Referred to Commerce & Human Resources
03/06 Reported out of Committee with Do Pass Recommendation, Filed for Second Reading
03/07 Read second time; Filed for Third Reading
03/08 Read Third Time in Full – PASSED - 57-10-3
AYES – Allgood, Andrus, Barbieri, Blanksma, Boyle, Bundy, Cheatum, Clow, Cornilles, Crane(12), Crane(13), Dixon(1), Dixon(24), Durrant, Ehardt, Ehlers, Erickson, Furniss, Gallagher, Garner, Handy, Hawkins, Healey, Hill, Holtzclaw, Horman, Kingsley, Lambert, Lanting, Manwaring, McCann, Mendive, Mickelsen, Miller, Mitchell, Monks, Nelsen, Palmer, Petzke, Pickett, Price, Raybould, Raymond, Redman, Sauter, Scott, Shepherd, Skaug, Tanner, Vander Woude, Weber, Wheeler, Wisniewski, Wroten, Yamamoto, Young, Mr. Speaker
NAYS – Achilles, Berch, Burns, Chew(Schmick), Gannon, Green, Mathias, Necochea, Roberts, Rubel
Absent – Alfieri, Cannon, Galaviz
Floor Sponsor - Andrus
Title apvd - to Senate
03/11 Received from the House passed; filed for first reading
03/11 Introduced, read first time; referred to: Commerce & Human Resources
03/14 Reported out of Committee with Do Pass Recommendation; Filed for second reading
03/15 Read second time; filed for Third Reading
03/20 Retained on calendar
03/21 Read third time in full – PASSED - 29-3-3
AYES – Adams, Anthon, Bernt, Bjerke, Carlson, Cook, Den Hartog, Foreman, Grow, Guthrie, Harris, Hart, Hartgen, Herndon, Just, Lee, Lent, Nichols, Okuniewicz, Ricks, Ruchti, Schroeder, Taylor, Toews, Trakel, VanOrden, Ward-Engelking, Winder, Zuiderveld
NAYS – Rabe, Semmelroth, Wintrow
Absent and excused – Burtenshaw, Lakey, Lenney
Floor Sponsor - Ricks
Title apvd - to House
03/22 Returned from Senate Passed; to JRA for Enrolling
03/25 Reported Enrolled; Signed by Speaker; Transmitted to Senate
03/25 Received from the House enrolled/signed by Speaker
03/25 Signed by President; returned to House
03/25 Returned Signed by the President; Ordered Transmitted to Governor
03/26 Delivered to Governor at 3:51 p.m. on March 25, 2024
03/26 Reported Signed by Governor on March 26, 2024
Session Law Chapter 200
Effective: 07/01/2024