Tag: Alaska

Alaska Occupational Safety and Health Penalties Increased As of October 20, 2018, the maximum civil penalties for violations of the Alaska Occupational Safety and Health (AKOSH) standards increases as follows: Willful: minimum $9,239 per violation, maximum $129,336 per violation. Repeat: maximum $129,336 per violation. Serious: maximum $12,934 per violation. Other than serious: maximum $12,934 per…

2019 Minimum Wage Increase On October 26, 2018, the Alaska Division of Labor Standards & Safety, Wage and Hour Administration announced the state’s minimum wage will increase to $9.89 per hour. The increase is effective January 1, 2019. See the announcement

Veterans Preference in Hiring On July 29, 2018, Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed legislation (H.B. 2) permitting private employers to voluntarily grant an employment preference to a member of the National Guard or a veteran when hiring an employee. To qualify for the preference, the National Guard member must be presently serving in good standing…

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…