Alaska Leave of Absence (FMLA) laws & HR compliance analysis

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

In addition to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), some states have their own comprehensive family leave laws that may also require 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.
However, Alaska does not have such a law.
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Family and Medical Leave—Public Employers. Alaska does have an FMLA law that applies to public employers (AK Stat. Sec. 39.20.500, et seq.).
Employers covered. “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.
Eligible employees. Employees of covered employers that 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.
Collective bargaining. 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.
Qualifying events. 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 eligible employee may also take leave to care for the employee's child, spouse, same-sex partner, or parent who has a serious health condition or for the employee's own serious health ...

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