WORKER’S COMPENSATION AND RELATED LAWS — INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION
EMPLOYMENT SECURITY LAW
72-1349C. Treatment of indian tribes. (1) In addition to the definition provided in section 72-1315, Idaho Code, the term "covered employer" shall also include any Indian tribe for which service in covered employment is performed.
(2) In addition to the definition provided in section 72-1316, Idaho Code, the term "covered employment" shall also include service performed in the employ of an Indian tribe as defined in section 3306(u) of the federal unemployment tax act (FUTA), provided such service is excluded from "employment" as defined in FUTA solely by reason of section 3306(c)(7), FUTA, and is not otherwise excluded from covered employment under this chapter. For purposes of this section, the exemptions from covered employment in sections 72-1316A(5) and (9), Idaho Code, shall be applicable to services performed in the employ of an Indian tribe.
(3) Benefits based on service in covered employment as that term is defined in this section, shall be payable in the same amount, on the same terms and subject to the same conditions as benefits payable on the basis of other service under this chapter.
(4) Indian tribes, or tribal units meaning subdivisions, subsidiaries or business enterprises wholly owned by such Indian tribe, subject to this chapter shall pay contributions under the same terms and conditions as all other covered employers unless the tribe elects to pay into the state unemployment fund amounts equal to the amount of benefits attributable to service in the employ of the Indian tribe.
(a) Indian tribes electing to make payments in lieu of contributions shall make such election in the same manner and under the same conditions as provided in section 72-1349A, Idaho Code, pertaining to nonprofit organizations and governmental entities subject to this chapter. Indian tribes shall determine if reimbursement for benefits paid will be elected by the tribe as a whole, by individual tribal units, or by combinations of individual tribal units.
(b) Indian tribes or tribal units shall be billed for the full amount of benefits attributable to service in the employ of the Indian tribe or tribal unit on the same basis as other employing units that have elected to make payments in lieu of contributions.
(c) At the discretion of the director, any Indian tribe or tribal unit that elects to become liable for payments in lieu of contributions may be required to obtain and deposit with the director a surety bond approved by the director. The amount of the bond shall be determined by the director based on the employing entity’s potential liability for benefit costs. Such bond shall be in force for a period of not less than two (2) years, and shall be renewed not less frequently than two (2) year intervals for as long as the Indian tribe or tribal unit continues to be liable for payments in lieu of contributions. The director may require adjustments to be made in the bond filed. When upward adjustments are required, the adjusted bond shall be filed within thirty (30) days of the date notice of the required adjustment was mailed. Failure by an Indian tribe or tribal unit covered by such bond to pay the full amount of payments due, together with interest and penalties as provided in section 72-1354, Idaho Code, shall render the surety liable on said bond to the extent of the bond, as though the surety was a liable organization.
(5) Failure of the Indian tribe or tribal unit to make required payments, including assessments of interest and penalty, within ninety (90) days of receipt of the bill shall cause the Indian tribe to lose the option to make payments in lieu of contributions as described in subsection (4) of this section, for the following tax year unless payment in full is received before contribution rates for the next tax year are computed.
(a) Any Indian tribe that loses the option to make payments in lieu of contributions due to late payment or nonpayment as described in this subsection (5) of this section, shall have such option reinstated if, after a period of one (1) year, all contributions have been made timely, provided no contributions, payments in lieu of contributions for benefits paid, penalties or interest remain outstanding.
(b) Failure of the Indian tribe or any tribal unit thereof to make required payments, including assessments of interest and penalty, after all collection activities deemed necessary by the director have been exhausted, shall cause services performed for such tribe to not be treated as "covered employment" for purposes of subsection (2) of this section.
(c) The director may determine that any Indian tribe that loses coverage under paragraph (b) of this subsection, may have services performed for such tribe again included as "covered employment" for purposes of subsection (2) of this section, if all contributions, payments in lieu of contributions, penalties and interest have been paid.
(6) Notices of payment and reporting delinquency to Indian tribes and their tribal units shall include information that failure to make full payment within the prescribed time frame:
(a) Shall cause the Indian tribe to be liable for taxes under the federal unemployment tax act;
(b) Shall cause the Indian tribe to lose the option to make payments in lieu of contributions; and
(c) Could cause the Indian tribe to be excepted from the definition of "covered employer" as provided in subsection (1) of this section, and services in the employ of the Indian tribe as provided in subsection (2) of this section, to be excepted from "covered employment."
(7) An Indian tribe and its tribal units shall be jointly and severally liable for all payments due under this chapter, including assessments of interest and penalties.
(8) Extended benefits paid that are attributable to service in the employ of an Indian tribe and not reimbursed by the federal government shall be financed in their entirety by such Indian tribe or tribal unit.
(9) If an Indian tribe fails to make payments required under this section, including assessments of interest and penalty, within ninety (90) days of a final notice of delinquency, or fails to timely file a required bond, the director shall immediately notify the United States internal revenue service and the United States department of labor.
[72-1349C, added 2002, ch. 45, sec. 1, p. 99.]