Alaska Labor Laws

In 2022, Alaska’s state minimum wage is $10.34 per hour.

In Alaska, the tipped minimum wage is the same as the regular minimum wage – $10.34/hour.

Overtime must be paid at a rate of at least one and one-half times the employee’s regular rate of pay for each hour worked in excess of 40 hours per week. In determining the regular rate for a tipped employee, all components of the employee’s wages must be considered (i.e., cash, board, lodging, tip credit, etc.).  

Alaskan employers are required to provide break periods of at least 30 minutes for minors ages 14 through 17 who work 5 or more consecutive hours and are going to continue to work. Employers are not required to give breaks for employees 18 and over. If your employer allows breaks, and they last less than 20 minutes, you must be paid for the break. If your employer allows meal periods, the employer is not required to pay you for your meal period if it lasts more than 20 minutes and you do no work during that time.

Only if the employer has promised that you will receive these payments. Sick leave, vacation pay and severance pay are benefits provided to an employee, allowing them to be paid while not working. Therefore, an employer only has to pay these benefits if he/she has a policy to pay such benefits, or has made a promise or has a contract with you to pay these benefits. Alaska’s Department of Labor enforces an employer’s own rules for these kinds of payments.

If you are terminated by your employer, your employer must pay you all monies owed within three working days after the day of termination (not counting weekends and holidays). If you quit, you must be paid by the next regular payday that is at least three working days after your last day worked.

Yes, as long as you are given written notice of the change the payday before it takes effect. For example, if your normal payday (the day you are paid your wages) is on the 20th of the month, your employer could give you written notice of a change in your rate of pay any day up to and including the 20th. All work done by you after the 20th would be at the new rate.

You can reach out directly to the Alaska’s Department of Labor by clicking HERE. In addition, below is our list of recommended labor lawyers to help you out.

Employment Law Firms

Dillon & Findley

Dillon & Findley represents clients on a broad range of employment issues in state and federal court and in administrative proceedings before the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights, and the Alaska Department of Labor. Located in Anchorage, Alaska, our lawyers represent clients in a wide range of employment and labor law litigation.

Guess & Rudd

At Guess & Rudd, we have achieved a record of success in the representation of public and private sector clients in a broad range of employment law matters. We recognize that each case is unique, and we tailor the legal strategies we use so as to achieve the best possible results. Located in Anchorage, Alaska, our lawyers represent clients in a wide range of employment and labor law litigation.