Employer Liability: Alaska
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: Susan Borowski
- Alaska has few provisions governing labor relations in the private sector, but there is some liability in the public sector under the Public Employment Relations Act for committing unfair labor practices. See Unfair Labor Practices.
- The Alaska Labor Relations Agency has the power to issue orders and take affirmative action to remedy unfair labor practices by employers. See Unfair Labor Practices.
- Employers violating an order by the Alaska Labor Relations Agency are subject to fines. See Penalties.
Unfair Labor Practices
Alaska has few provisions governing labor relations in the private sector and no mention of liability under state labor relations law. However, in the public sector, there is some liability under the Public Employment Relations Act (PERA) for committing unfair labor practices.
In Alaska, a public employer may not:
- Interfere with, restrain or coerce an employee in the exercise of the employee's rights under the labor law;
- Dominate or interfere with a labor organization;
- Discriminate in employment to encourage or discourage membership in a labor organization;
- Discharge or discriminate against an employee because the employee has signed an affidavit, petition or complaint or given testimony pursuant to the PERA; or
- Refuse to bargain collectively in good faith and discuss grievances with a labor organization.
The Alaska Labor Relations Agency, part of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, oversees labor-management relations in the public sector. The agency has the power to issue an order requiring that an employer cease and desist from a prohibited practice and to take affirmative action necessary to comply with the labor relations law. See +Alaska Stat. § 23.40.140.
A person who violates a provision of an order or decision of the labor relations agency is guilty of a misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine of not more than $500. See +Alaska Stat. § 23.40.180.
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