Farm labor contractors act as the ‘middle persons’ between farmers and farm workers. Any person who is paid or promised to be paid for recruiting, soliciting, hiring, employing, furnishing, or transporting any migrant or seasonal agricultural worker is considered to be a farm labor contractor. If you are thinking of becoming a farm labor contractor in Idaho, you will first need to get licensed.
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How to get an Idaho Farm Labor Contractor License
Step #1: Complete Farm Labor Contractor’s License Application
Step #2: Purchase Idaho Farm Labor Contractor Bond
Since 2003, when Senate Bill 1289 was enacted, farm labor contractors have been required to post a surety bond for licensure. A farm labor contractor bond ensures farm labor contractors will pay farmworkers their wages. If a farm labor contractor does not pay their farmworkers, the farmworkers can make a claim against the bond and get compensated.
- The bond amount for Idaho farm labor contractors is $10,000 (if 20 or less employees are employed)
- If 21 or more employees are employed, the bond amount is $30,000.
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Step #3: Gather Other Necessary Documents
Along with your application, you will need to submit:
- 2 recent passport-sized color photographs
- Vehicle information sheet, if applicable
- Certificate of insurance issued by your auto insurance carrier
- Certificate of insurance issues by workers’ compensation carrier
Step #4: Pay Licensing Fees
The new applicant license fee is $250. Licenses are valid for one year and must be renewed annually. Renewal application are sent to all licensed farm labor contractors prior to the expiration date. The license renewal fee is also $250.
Step #5: Submit Your Application
Submit your application, bond, and other required documents to the address below:
FLC Licensing Coordinator
Idaho Department of Labor
127 W. Fifth St. N
Burley, ID 83318
To request a licensing packet or for additional information, call the Idaho Department of Labor at 800-843-3193