Two Idaho Farmers Charged With Violating Labor Contract Laws

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Two Payette farmers—a father and son—have been charged with violating Idaho's farm labor laws by allegedly failing to pay two of their workers.

The Idaho Department of Labor said an investigation showed that Angel Alba Sr. and Angel Alba Jr., both of Payette, did not pay employees approximately $2,500 each for work on a Weiser farm. Additionally, a department investigator received information over the past two years that the Albas were operating without a license, didn't secure a labor contractor bond, obtain worker's compensation insurance or pay state, federal or Social Security taxes.

The pending case is only the 10th prosecution initiated by the state Department of Labor since the farm labor contractor licensing law went into effect in 2003.

Violation of the law carries a maximum penalty of $1,000 in fines and 60 days in jail.

According to the labor department, there are currently 33 legally licensed farm labor contractors in Idaho.