Alaska Leave Laws




Vacation Leave

In Alaska, employers are not required to provide employees with vacation benefits, either paid or unpaid. Alaska DOL Wage & Hour Information. If an employer chooses to provide such benefits, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract. Alaska DOL Wage & Hour Information.

In Alaska, an employer must pay an employee for accrued vacation leave upon separation from employment if its policy or contract provides for such payment. Alaska DOL Wage & Hour Information. Alaska’s Legislature and its courts are silent regarding any obligation an employer may have regarding payment of accrued vacation leave upon separation from employment if the policy or contract is silent on the matter.

Due to the lack of clarification by Alaska’s authorities on the matter of vacation leave and the emphasis on the contractual nature of an agreement to provide vacation leave, it is likely employer’s are free to establish the vacation leave policy of their choosing, including policies providing for forfeiture of accrued leave upon separation from employment. Alaska DOL Wage & Hour Information.

An employer would likely be free to implement a policy or enter into a contract that caps the amount of vacation leave an employee can accumulate over time. Alaska DOL Wage & Hour Information.

An employer would also likely be free to implement a “use-it-or-lose-it” policy requiring employees to use their leave by a set date or lose it. Alaska DOL Wage & Hour Information.




Sick Leave

Alaska leave laws do not require employers to provide employees with sick leave benefits, either paid or unpaid. Alaska Dept. of Labor FAQs. If an employer chooses to provide sick leave benefits, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract. An employer in Alaska may be required to provide an employee unpaid sick leave in accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act or other federal laws.



Holiday Leave

Alaska leave laws does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. Alaska Dept. of Labor FAQs. In Alaska, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.

State holidays

Visit our Alaska State Holidays page for a list of holidays recognized and observed by the state of Alaska as well as information regarding state laws governing holiday leave for public employers and employees.



Jury Duty Leave

Alaska leave laws do not require employers to pay employees any wages for time spent complying with a jury summons or serving on a jury.

An employer may not discharge, threaten, coerce, or penalize an employee for complying with a jury summons or serving on a jury. Alaska Stat. 9.20.037



Voting Leave

Alaska leave laws require employers to provide employees with time off with pay to vote, unless there are two hours between the opening of the polls and the beginning of the employee’s scheduled shift or two hours between the end of the employee’s shift and the closing of the polls. Alaska Stat. 15.56.100



Bereavement Leave

Alaska law does not require employers to provide employees bereavement leave or leave to attend funerals. Bereavement leave is leave that is taken by an employee due to the death of another individual, usually a close relative. Employers may choose to provide bereavement leave and may be required to comply with any bereavement policy or practice they maintain.