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Alaska Wage and Hour Investigations: What you need to know

The Alaska Wage and Hour Act establishes minimum wage and overtime standards for most employers (AK Stat. Sec. 23.10.050 et seq. ). The Act also empowers the state's Division of Labor Standards and Safety to:
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• Investigate wage complaints and related conditions and standards of employment;
• Enter an employer's place of business at reasonable times in order to inspect payroll records that relate to the question of wages paid or hours worked;
• Question an employee at work during work hours regarding the wages paid and the hours worked by the employees;
• Require and subpoena, from an employer, a statement in writing of hours worked by, and the wages paid to, an employee--the employer may be required to make the statement under oath; and
• Compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of books, papers, and documents by subpoena when necessary for the purpose of a hearing or investigation (AK Stat. Sec. 23.10.080).
Employers in Alaska are required to keep the following employee records for at least 3 years:
• The name, address, and occupation of each employee;
• The rate of pay and the amount paid each pay period to each employee;
• The hours worked each day and each workweek by each employee; and
• Other payroll information that the commissioner may require (AK Stat. Sec. 23.10.100).
Making copies. The commissioner or his or her authorized representative may copy the employer's records at any reasonable time. If asked to do so, the employer must furnish a sworn statement of the employer's records (AK Stat. Sec. 23.10.100).
An employer is in violation of the Alaska Wage and Hour Act if the employer:
• Hinders or delays the enforcement of the Act;
• Refuses to let an authorized ...

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