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Wage And Hour


Minimum salary level required to qualify for overtime

The minimum salary level required to qualify for overtime exemption (the white-collar exemption) is changing due to new federal regulation


Updated work permit forms

All future work permits must use the current form on our website. Wage and Hour will not accept any outdated forms as of March 1, 2024. The new form includes critical updates due to changes in AMCO enforcement effective January 1, 2024. Any Individual Work Permits approved prior to March 1, 2024 for minors actively employed, or General Duties Permits previously submitted and approved will still remain valid.

Wage and Hour webinars now available online!

Wage and Hour is now providing interactive online webinars covering basic wage and hour laws for employers, contractors and employees.
Wage and Hour Laws/Child Labor Laws - Every third Tuesday of every month from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
Public Construction and Prevailing Wage - Every third Wednesday of every month from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
Please contact our office at (907) 269-4900 for registration.

Office hours

  • Anchorage - 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. - Closed from 12:00 to 1:00 for lunch.
  • Fairbanks - 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. - Closed from 12:00 to 1:00 for lunch.
  • Juneau - 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. - Closed from 12:00 to 1:00 for lunch.

Please note: Effective Jan. 1, 2024, the Alaska minimum wage is increasing from $10.85 to $11.73 per hour.


Programs administered by Wage and Hour include: Wage Claims; Minimum Wage and Overtime Enforcement; Child Labor Enforcement; Prevailing Wage Enforcement; Construction Contractor Licensing; and Alaska Family Leave Act.


Wage and Hour provides sole enforcement of several laws dealing with the payment of wages to workers (wage claims, prevailing wage, minimum wage and overtime). The agency acts on behalf of workers to collect unpaid or underpaid monies from employers through a variety of administrative, quasi-judicial and judicial procedures. The Prevailing Wage program ensures that all contractors working on public construction projects pay the same costs for labor, thereby preventing an unfair competitive advantage based on the use of cheap imported labor. The Construction Contractor Licensing program protects the public from unlicensed, unbonded contractors, while protecting properly licensed contractors from unscrupulous and unfair competition. The agency also oversees the enforcement of child labor laws to ensure that minor workers are not exploited; enforces the Alaska Family Leave Act as it applies to public employees.

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