Idaho’s conservative approach is to strengthen the workforce, continue a strong economic rebound, and save taxpayer dollars.

Additional program details were made available today on the Idaho Return to Work bonuses, Idaho’s approach to counteracting enhanced federal benefits that disincentivize workers returning to jobs.

“All Idaho businesses are now able to open their doors safely, and jobs are coming back. The Return to Work bonuses are based on a fundamental conservative principle – we do not want people on unemployment. We want people working. We’re responding to the needs of businesses, strengthening our workforce and economic rebound, and saving taxpayer dollars in the long run,” Governor Little said.

Idaho set aside $100 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to cover the bonuses. One-time cash bonuses of $1,500 for full-time work and $750 for part-time work will be provided to the worker after return to the workplace.

The funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis (based on date of return to work) for qualified applicants. Submissions start July 13 for workers who returned from May 1 through June 14. A second wave of applications will open on July 20.

“A strong economic rebound cannot occur without workers returning to a job, and the new Return to Work cash bonuses counteract the federal payouts and incentivize our workforce to get back to work safely,” Governor Little added.

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