Alaska Employment Law Update – July 2018


Smoking Prohibitions

On July 17, 2018, Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed legislation (S.B. 63) revising all state laws prohibiting smoking in enclosed areas and workplaces. The law includes definitions, prohibitions, exemptions, employer duties, posting requirements, and increased penalties for noncompliance.

The law is effective October 1, 2018.

Read AK S.B. 63

Elimination of Subminimum Wage

On February 16, 2018, the Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development announced the elimination of the minimum wage exemption for persons with a disability.

The repeal became effective February 16, 2018.

Read the announcement

National Guard Leave and Re-Employment Rights

On June 23, 2018, Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed legislation (H.B. 3) extending leave to Alaska residents who are called to action as members of the national guard of another state. Upon return from a period of active state service, an employee is entitled to reinstatement to his or her former or comparable position, at the former pay, seniority, and benefit level.

The law added an exception where an employee is not entitled to such re-employment if either of the following apply:

  • The employer’s circumstances have changed, making employment impossible or unreasonable.
  • Employment would impose an undue hardship on the employer.

The law is effective September 21, 2018.

Read AK H.B. 3