Alaska Layoff laws & HR compliance analysis

Alaska Layoff: What you need to know

While Alaska has no layoff notice requirements of its own, state agencies assist in enforcing the requirements of the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act). The WARN Act imposes restrictions on the way layoffs are handled. It is designed to give employees advance notice of a layoff in order to find another job or to seek retraining in a new occupation and to give the state adequate preparation to assist the affected workers.
There is a comprehensive discussion of the WARN Act available.
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Alaska has implemented a state training and employment program in conjunction with the federal Workforce Investment Act(now the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) to assist employers and employees with training issues (AK Code Sec. 23.15.620 et seq.).
The state law's targets include adult and dislocated workers who seek job retraining and counseling.
Alaska also requires an employer that discharges an employee to pay all wages then due the employee within 3 working days after termination at the place where the employee is usually paid or at another location agreed upon by the parties (AK Code Sec. 23.05.140(b) ).
The WARN Act requires employers to notify their state dislocated worker unit when layoffs occur. For additional information, visit
Last reviewed on November 27, 2017.

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