Alaska – Minimum Wage, Overtime, Hours and Leave



Minimum Wage

Alaska’s current minimum wage rate is $9.89.

For more information on Alaska’s minimum wage laws, visit our Alaska Minimum Wage Laws page, which includes topics such as minimum wage, tip minimum wage, tip sharing and pooling, and subminimum wages.

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Overtime

Alaska labor laws require employers with four (4) or more employees to pay employees overtime at a rate of 1½ time their regular rate when they work more than 40 hours in a workweek or eight (8) hours in a workday. Some exceptions apply. Alaska DOL Wage and Hour Summary. An employer must also comply with federal overtime laws. See FLSA. Federal law will apply in cases where it benefits employees more than state law, otherwise state law applies.


Prevailing Wages

Under certain circumstances, employers in Alaska may be required to pay residents wage rates established by the federal or state prevailing wage rates and rules. The prevailing wage rates, including Alaska Laborers’ & Mechanics’ Minimum Rates of Pay, may be different from the state’s standard minimum wage rates. Employees may be eligible for prevailing wages if they work on federal or state government or government-funded construction projects or perform certain federal or state government services. See the Alaska Laborers’ & Mechanics’ Minimum Rates of Pay, Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA), and Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act (PCA) for more information about prevailing wages.


Meals and Breaks

Alaska labor laws require employers to provide at least a 30-minute break to employees ages 14-17 if they work five (5) or more consecutive hours. The break must occur after the first hour and a half of work but before the beginning of the last hour of work. Alaska Statute 23.10.350(c).

Alaska employers are not required to provide breaks to employees ages 18 and over. However, if an employer chooses to provide a break, it must pay its employees for the time on break if it is 20 minutes or less. Meal periods provided by employers of over 20 minutes do not need to be paid, so long as employees do not perform any work. Alaska Minimum Wage Laws; see FLSA.

Nursing Mother Breaks

Alaska labor laws do not require employers to provide nursing mothers with breaks to express breast milk. However, the federal Fair Labor Standards Act requires certain employees to provide nonexempt nursing mothers for one (1) year following a child’s birth with reasonable rest breaks to express milk and private spaces, other than a bathroom, to express breast milk.


Vacation Leave

Information about Alaska vacation leave laws may now be found on our Alaska Leave Laws page.


Sick Leave

Information about Alaska sick leave laws may now be found on our Alaska Leave Laws page.


Holiday Leave

Information about Alaska holiday leave laws may now be found on our Alaska Leave Laws page.


Jury Duty Leave

Information about Alaska jury duty leave laws may now be found on our Alaska Leave Laws page.


Voting Leave

Information about Alaska voting leave laws may now be found on our Alaska Leave Laws page.


Severance Pay

Alaska labor laws do not require employers to provide employees with severance pay. Alaska DOL Wage and Hour Summary. If an employer chooses to provide severance benefits, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.


Unemployment

Under certain circumstances, NY residents may be eligible for unemployment benefits while they search for another job. You are required to certify that you are unemployed on a weekly basis to receive these benefits. See Alaska State Unemployment Benefits.


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