Alaska Leave of Absence (FMLA): What you need to know

Some states have comprehensive laws that require private employers to grant employees time off for the birth or adoption of a child or to care for a family member with a serious illness, but Alaska does not have such a law for its private employers. However, Alaska employers with 50 or more employees are covered by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Alaska employers with fewer than 50 employees are free to provide leave time or not, at their own discretion. There are more details on the FMLA.
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Alaska does have an FMLA law that applies to public employers (AK Stat. Sec. 39.20.500 et seq.).
“Employer” means the state and any political subdivision of the state that employs at least 21 employees in the state for each working day during any period of 20 consecutive workweeks in the 2 calendar years preceding the leave request.
Employees of covered employers who have been employed for at least 35 hours per week for at least 6 months or for at least 171/2 hours per week for at least the 12 months preceding the leave are eligible for health and family leave.
The provisions of this law are subject to collective bargaining. However, a collective bargaining agreement that is not at least as beneficial to the employee as this law will be considered to contain the benefit provisions of this law.
An eligible employee may take family leave because of pregnancy and childbirth or the placement of a child, other than the employee's stepchild, with the employee for adoption. An employer may require this leave to be taken in a single block of time. An ...

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