Alaska Holidays laws & HR compliance analysis

Alaska Holidays: What you need to know

Alaska observes the following as official holidays:
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Every Sunday
January 1 New Year's Day
Third Monday in January Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Third Monday in February Presidents' Day
Last Monday in March Seward's Day
Last Monday in May Memorial Day
July 4 Independence Day
First Monday in September Labor Day
October 18 Alaska Day
November 11 Veterans Day
Fourth Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day
December 25 Christmas Day
In addition to the holidays listed above, the state recognizes every Sunday as a holiday and any day designated as a legal holiday by the president of the United States or Alaska's governor. If the holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the next Monday; if it falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the preceding Friday (AK Stat. Sec. 44.12.010).
Alaska state offices are closed and state employees are entitled to those holidays that are recognized by state statute (AK Stat. Sec. 44.12.025).
Private employers are not obliged by state law to provide any holidays as paid (or unpaid) days off. However, most employers do observe several paid holidays.
Last reviewed on November 27, 2017.

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Alaska Holidays Resources

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Handouts Managing Holiday Celebrations (Handout)
Policies Holidays
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