Administering Idaho's Workers' Compensation Law


The Industrial Commission is the state agency responsible for:

  • Regulating workers' compensation activities in Idaho, including companies licensed to issue workers' compensation policies.
  • Ensuring that employers have workers' compensation coverage as required by law.
  • Settling disputes between injured workers, employers, and insurers.
  • Deciding appeals for unemployment decisions from the Idaho Department of Labor.
  • Providing compensation to innocent victims of crime through the Crime Victims Compensation Program.

Rules and Legislation (NEW-10/24/14)


RE: IDAPA Rule 17.0209-1401:

Notice is hereby given that the Industrial Commission has scheduled a public hearing and extended the period of public comment in compliance with Sections 67-5221(a) and 67-5222, Idaho Code. The action is authorized pursuant to Section(s) 72-508, 72-720, 72-721, 72-722, 72-723 and 72-803, Idaho Code. The public hearing will take place on Thursday, November 13, 2014, 10:00am – Noon, at the Industrial Commission office, 700 So. Clearwater Ln., Boise, Idaho 83720-0041, and will be accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requesting accommodation must submit a request not later than five (5) days prior to the hearing. The summary of this rule change is found in Idaho Administrative Bulletin Vol. 14-10, dated October 1, 2014, pages 293 through 299. Anyone may submit written comments regarding this rulemaking during this comment period or a written comment may be submitted at the public hearing in lieu of giving an oral presentation.  Please direct all written comments to Beth Kilian, Commission Secretary, Industrial Commission, 700 So. Clearwater Ln., P.O. Box 83720, Boise, Idaho 83720-0041, or, on or before the close of business on November 13, 2014. 

For a link to the Idaho Administrative Bulletin Vol. 14-11, dated November 5, 2014, page 48 detailing the public hearing notice, please click here.

For assistance on technical questions concerning this rulemaking, contact Patti Vaughn, Medical Fee Schedule Analyst, at 208-334-6084.


Rules for 2015 Legislative Session

Click to view Proposed Rules for the 2015 Legislative Session.

Proposed Rules and Amendments for the 2015 Legislative Session

  • 17-0211-1401 Administrative Rules of the Industrial Commission Under the Workers' Compensation Law -- Security for Compensation -- Self-Insured Employers (TEMPORARY AND PROPOSED)
  • 17-0204-1401 Administrative Rules of the Industrial Commission Under the Workers' Compensation Law -- Benefits
  • 17-0206-1401 Employers' Reports
  • 17-0208-1401 Miscellaneous Provisions
  • 17-0209-1401 Medical Fees
  • 17-0501-1401 Rules Under the Crime Victims Compensation Act

Updated 10/24

News for Insurance Companies (NEW-8/26/14)


Change to Application of 30% Penalty In Medical Fee Disputes

For all Motions filed on or after October 1, 2014, unless the payer demonstrates, by timely response to the provider’s Motion, that the payer’s previous payment is adequate, the penalty will now be applied to the underpayment owed at the time the Motion was filed.  Payments issued after the filing of the Motion may be deducted from the ordered amount, but will not reduce the penalty. For more information, click here.


Other news:

On April 7, 2011, the Idaho Industrial Commission stopped mailing premium tax forms to sureties, as this form is now available online. An informational letter was mailed June 7, 2011. Companies must print and submit the completed forms for the semi-annual period January 1, 2011 through June 30, 2011. All reports and payments must be received in our office by close of business on Monday, August 1. Failure to meet this deadline will result in the assessment and collection of penalties provided by law.

On June 8, 2012, the Idaho Industrial Commission sent notices regarding the Premium Tax Rate Reduction to Insurance Companies Approved to Write Workers' Compensation Under Idaho Law. The report and tax payment must be received in our office by July 31, 2012.

Added 08/26

News for Self-Insured Employers (NEW-7/10/14)


This is an important notice of a temporary and proposed rule recently adopted by the Commission and approved by the Division of Financial Management and Governor’s office, effective July 1, 2014.  Please click here for a copy of the entire IDAPA rule 17.02.11 governing self-insured employers.  New language is underlined; pages 2 and 3 are a result of the statute change (IC §72-301A) last session specific to INL contractors.  The new language on pages 6 and 7 relates to the application of an experience modification factor for premium tax assessment.

Under Idaho Code §72-523, every self-insurer pays a premium tax (currently 2%) based on the premium the employer would be required to pay to the State Insurance Fund (SIF) if the employer had obtained a workers’ compensation insurance policy from the SIF. 

The SIF applies an experience modification factor (e-mod) when calculating premiums.  Historically, the Industrial Commission has not considered an e-mod when computing premium tax for self-insured employers, but the proposed changes may affect how self-insured employers’ premium tax is computed.  This change will be effective beginning with the 2014 reporting periods of July 31, 2014 and March 3, 2015.  As a result of this rule change, self-insured employers may decide annually whether to submit an NCCI experience modification factor and form with their semiannual premium tax reports.  Accordingly, the employer must obtain a current e-mod factor from NCCI for each calendar year they wish to use it in their premium tax calculation. 

It is important to note, however, that Idaho Code §72-526 requires timely payment of premium tax.  Since the initial reporting due date of July 31, 2014 for the Jan. 1-June 30, 2014 period is fast-approaching, and the fact that NCCI may require up to 45 days lead time to process and issue an e-mod factor, the Commission has further decided to allow self-insured employers to submit an e-mod factor issued by NCCI with a copy of the ERM-6 form, within 90 days following the July 31, 2014 filing deadline.  As a result, the Commission will compute the impact to premium tax paid by a self-insured employer had an e-mod been applied and refund any difference.  This is only being allowed for the July 31, 2014 reporting period and any future election of an e-mod must be submitted with a copy of the NCCI form ERM-6, the premium tax and computation forms, as indicated in rule.

Please click here for the ERM-6 form link on the NCCI website. Users do NOT need a user ID and password to view/print this form. A $75 check for the experience rating fee should be submitted with the ERM-6 form; information from the check is used to create the self-insured account.   

NCCI Customer Service may be reached at 1(800)622-4123, ext. 4 for experience modification factor assistance.

If you have questions regarding any of this information, please contact the Idaho Industrial Commission fiscal department: Jane McClaran at (208) 334-6042, Therese Ryan at (208)334-6095 or Shelly Tudela at (208)334-6026.


Premium Tax Rate Deduction:

Per Idaho Code §72-523, the premium tax rate effective January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2015 has been reduced by 20% from 2.5% to 2.0%. The online premium tax form reflects this change for the semi-annual period January 1, 2012 through June 30, 2012. All reports and payments must be received in our office by close of business July 31, 2012. An informational letter was mailed April 3, 2012.

On April 7, 2011, the Idaho Industrial Commission stopped mailing reporting forms. These forms, as well as the NCCI rates, are now available online. Companies must print and submit the completed forms and tax payment for each six-month period.

Added 07/14

News for Employers (NEW-7/1/14)


A new exemption from the insurance requirement of the Workers’ Compensation Law will go into effect on July 1, 2014. 

Idaho Code § 72-212(4) was amended during the 2013 legislative session to exempt family member employees of a single member limited liability company that is taxed as a sole proprietorship. The exemption applies only to family members residing in the employer’s household.  Family member employees who meet the criteria to be exempt under the new exemption will not be covered under their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance policy as of July 1, 2014 unless an IC52 Election of Coverage form is filed with the Industrial Commission by the employer and the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier.  For additional information on the exemption, contact the Employer Compliance Department by phone at 208-334-6000 or by email to


Public Service Announcements:

In an effort to draw attention to and help employers understand Idaho's workers' compensation insurance requirements, the Industrial Commission has developed public service announcements. To view and listen to the Idaho Industrial Commission's Public Service Announcements please click the links below.

Added 06/25

The Next Advisory Committee Meeting is February 11, 2015

The next meeting of the Commission's Advisory Committee is scheduled to be held February 11, 2015 beginning at 9:30 AM in the Industrial Commission's first floor conference room, 700 Clearwater Lane, Boise, Idaho.

  • February 11, 2015
  • May 13, 2015
  • August 12, 2015
  • November 18, 2015

Updated 11/12

News for Attorneys


For a copy of the Judicial Rules, effective May 8, 2013, please click the link below.

Added 05/13

New Workers' Compensation Policy Reporting Requirements

Effective August 1, 2013, the Idaho Industrial Commission will begin receiving Idaho workers’ compensation insurance policy data from the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) in the IAIABC EDI POC Release 3.0 format. This change will affect what insurance carriers are required to report to NCCI.

Some of the key changes coming in Release 3.0 are the addition of data elements to identify deductible policies, professional employer organization (PEO) and client company relationships, state premium, as well as the addition of several new cancellation reasons including “failure to submit payroll information”. A copy of the data element requirements, event tables and edit matrix are available on the Commission’s website. Also, please refer to NCCI’s Proof of Coverage Circular, POC-ID-2013-0, which is available on NCCI’s website at for additional instructions on the requirements for Proof of Coverage Release 3.0.

The administrative rules of the Industrial Commission require that new policies, renewal policies, reinstatements and endorsement information must be reported to NCCI within 30 days of the effective date. Cancellations and non-renewals must be reported to NCCI within the time frames required by Idaho Code §72-311.

If you have any questions regarding the new reporting requirements, please contact Danny Barnett, Employer Compliance Manager, Idaho Industrial Commission, at (208) 334-6099 or by email at

Added 03/13