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Wage and Hour Administration
Programs administered by Wage and Hour include: Wage Claims; Minimum
Wage and Overtime Enforcement; Child Labor Enforcement; Prevailing Wage
Enforcement; Employment Preference Enforcement; Licensing Employment Agencies;
Construction Contractor Licensing; and Alaska Family Leave Act.
The Wage and Hour Administration provides sole enforcement of several
laws dealing with the payment of wages to workers (wage claims, prevailing
wage, minimum wage and overtime). The agency acts on behalf of workers
to collect unpaid or underpaid monies from employers through a variety
of administrative, quasi-judicial and judicial procedures. The Prevailing
Wage program ensures that all contractors working on public construction
projects pay the same costs for labor, thereby preventing an unfair competitive
advantage based on the use of cheap imported labor. The Construction Contractor
Licensing program protects the public from unlicensed, unbonded contractors,
while protecting properly licensed contractors from unscrupulous and unfair
competition. The agency also oversees the enforcement of child labor laws
to insure that minor workers are not exploited; administers the licensing
of private employment agencies and oversees their operation; enforces
the Alaska Family Leave Act as it applies to public employees; and monitors
the employment of workers on public works projects to ensure that resident
workers get their fair share of employment.
Contracting Agency ONLY
Public Construction project notification
New Alaska Minimum Wage Effective January 1, 2016
Alaska’s minimum wage will increase to $9.75 an hour on Jan. 1, 2016. The minimum wage is increasing as a result of voters approving the minimum wage ballot initiative in November 2014.
The measure will also adjust the minimum wage each year hereafter for inflation. An additional condition is added that will keep the Alaska minimum wage at least $1 per hour above the federal minimum wage after 2016.
The Alaska minimum wage applies to all hours worked in a pay period regardless of how the employee is paid: whether by time, piece, commission, or otherwise. All the actual hours worked in the pay period multiplied by the Alaska minimum wage is the very least that an employee can be compensated. However, there are some limited exceptions.
The increase applies to all employees in the private sector, whether working in a for-profit, not-for-profit or non-profit business. Tips still do not count toward the minimum wage. Also under Alaska Statute (23.20.065) public school bus driver wages must be compensated not less than twice the Alaska minimum wage. Alaska Statute (23.10.055) also requires certain exempt employees to be paid on a salary basis at a rate not less than twice the Alaska minimum wage based on a 40-hour workweek.