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Workers' Compensation: Alaska

Workers' Compensation requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Nicole Farley, Fisher Phillips.


  • All Alaska employers that are subject to the Alaska Workers' Compensation Act must post a specific notice in the workplace. See Notice Requirements.
  • Almost all employers are required to carry workers' compensation insurance or to obtain self-insurance. See Covered Employers.
  • With few exceptions, all employees having an employer-employee relationship are covered by workers' compensation benefits. See Covered Employees.
  • Injuries and occupational illnesses arising out of the course of employment are covered by workers' compensation. See Compensable Injuries.
  • Employers may not be liable for all injuries incurred under specific circumstances. See Employer Defenses to Workers' Compensation Claims.
  • Workers' compensation pays for medical expenses for a specific period of time following an injury, but payment may be extended if ordered by the Workers' Compensation Board. See Medical Benefits.
  • Workers' Compensation pays for partial wage replacement benefits and other benefits due to lost time caused by on-the-job injuries or illnesses. See Other Benefits.
  • Employers may not retaliate against a worker for filing a workers' compensation claim. See Retaliation and Interference.
  • Alaska maintains other funds to cover injuries. See Additional Funds.
  • Alaska law provides for a system in which disputed claims can be resolved. See Administrative Hearings and Court Proceedings.