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Alaska Wage Payment Law


The following sections of the Alaska Statutes concern wage payment.

  • AS 23.05.140. Pay Periods; Penalty.
  • AS 23.05.160. Notice of Wage Payments.
  • AS 23.10.040. Payment of Wages in State.
  • AS 23.10.043. Deposit of Wages.

AS 23.05.140. Pay Periods; Penalty

(a) An employee and employer may agree in an annual initial contract of employment to monthly pay periods when the employer shall pay all employees for all labor performed or services rendered. Otherwise, the employer shall establish monthly or semi-monthly pay periods, at the election of the employee.

(b) If the employment is terminated, all wages, salaries, or other compensation for labor or services become due immediately and shall be paid within the time required by this subsection at the place where the employee is usually paid or at a location agreed upon by the employer and employee. If the employment is terminated by the employer, regardless of the cause for the termination, payment is due within three working days after the termination. If the employment is terminated by the employee, payment is due at the next regular pay day that is at least three days after the employer received notice of the employee's termination of services.

(c) [Repealed, Sec. 2 ch 19 SLA 1971].

(d) If an employer violates (b) of this section by failing to pay within the time required by that subsection, the employer may be required to pay the employee a penalty in the amount of the employee's regular wage, salary, or other compensation from the time of demand to the time of payment, or for 90 working days, whichever is the lesser amount.

(e) In an action brought by the department under this section, an employer found liable for failing to pay wages within the time required by (b) of this section shall be required to pay the penalty set out in (d) of this section. The amount of the penalty shall be calculated based on the employee's straight time rate of pay for an eight-hour day.

(f) In an action brought for unpaid overtime under AS 23.10.060 that results in an award of liquidated damages under AS 23.10.110 , the provisions of (d) of this section do not apply unless the action was brought by the department under (e) of this section.

AS 23.05.160. Notice of Wage Payments.

An employer shall notify an employee in writing at the time of hiring of the day and place of payment, and the rate of pay, and of any change with respect to these items on the payday before the time of change. An employer may give this notice by posting a statement of the facts, and keeping it posted conspicuously at or near the place of work where the statement can be seen by each employee as the employee comes or goes to the place of work.

AS 23.05.170. Wages Earned Before Strike, Lockout, or Layoff.

An employee who goes on strike, or is temporarily laid off or subjected to an employer lockout during a pay period shall receive the portion of compensation earned on or before the next regular payday established as required in this chapter.

AS 23.05.180. Wages in Dispute.

(a) If the amount of wages is in dispute, the employer shall give written notice to the employee of the wages, or part of the wages, that the employer concedes to be due, and shall pay that amount, without condition, within the time set by this chapter. The employee retains all remedies that the employee might otherwise be entitled to, including those provided under this chapter or AS 23.10, to any balance claimed.

(b) The acceptance by an employee of a payment under this section does not constitute a release of the balance of the claim, and a release required by an employer as a condition of payment is void.

AS 23.05.190. Enforcement.

The department shall

(1) enforce this chapter;

(2) investigate possible violations of this chapter;

(3) institute actions for penalties provided in this chapter.

AS 23.05.200. Hearings On Wage Claims.

(a) The department may hold hearings to investigate a claim for wages. It may cooperate with an employee in the enforcement of a claim against the employer when it considers the claim just and valid.

(b) The authorized representative of the department, in conducting a hearing under this chapter, may administer oaths and examine witnesses under oath, issue subpoenas to compel the attendance of witnesses, and the production of papers, books, accounts, records, payrolls, evidentiary documents, and may take depositions and affidavits in a proceeding before the department at the place most convenient to both employer and employee.

(c) If a person fails to comply with a subpoena or a witness refuses to testify to a matter regarding which the witness may be lawfully interrogated, the judge of a competent court may, on application by the department, compel obedience by proceedings for contempt as in the case of disobedience of the requirements of a subpoena issued from the court or a refusal to testify before it.

AS 23.05.270. Violations By Employer.
It is a violation of this chapter for an employer to

(1) hinder or unnecessarily delay the department in the enforcement of this chapter;

(2) refuse to admit an authorized representative of the department to a place of employment;

(3) falsify or fail to keep a record required under provisions of this chapter, or refuse to make the records accessible or to furnish a sworn statement of the records; or

(4) refuse to give information required for the enforcement of this chapter, upon demand, to the department.

AS 23.05.280. Penalties.

A person who violates a provision of this chapter or a regulation adopted or order made under this chapter upon conviction is punishable for each offense by a fine of not more than $1,000, or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or by both. Each day's continuance of a violation is a separate offense.

AS 23.10.040. Payment of Wages in State.

(a) An employer of labor performing services in this state shall pay the wages or other compensation for the services with lawful money of the United States or with negotiable checks, drafts, or orders payable upon presentation without discount by a bank or depository inside the state.

(b) [Repealed, Sec. 2 ch 28 SLA 1971].

(c) [Repealed, Sec. 2 ch 28 SLA 1971].

(d) A person who violates a provision of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor.

AS 23.10.043. Deposit of Wages.

An employer may not deposit wages due or to become due or an advance on wages to be earned in an account in a bank, savings and loan association, or credit union unless the employee has voluntarily authorized the deposit. All deposits under this section shall be in a bank, savings and loan association, or credit union of the employee's choice.

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