Employment At-Will Doctrine: Alaska
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: XpertHR Editorial Team
- Employment relationships in Alaska are presumed to be at-will, meaning the employment relationship can be terminated by either party, at any time, with or without cause. See The At-Will Relationship.
- Alaska recognizes limited exceptions to the at-will presumption, including written and verbal contracts, the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and public policy exceptions. See Employment At-Will Exceptions.
- At-will employees in Alaska challenging a discharge may file claims against their employers under tort theories, including intentional infliction of emotional distress and defamation, so long as the plaintiff-employee is able to satisfy an evidentiary burden. See Tort Considerations.