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Independent Contractors: Alaska

Independent Contractors requirements for other states

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

Author: Michael Cardman, XpertHR Legal Editor


  • Alaska's courts apply an economic reality test to determine whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor under Alaska's wage and hour law. See Wage and Hour.
  • Alaska has adopted the "relative nature of the work test" for distinguishing between employees and independent contractors for purposes of workers' compensation. See Workers' Compensation.
  • Alaska uses the "ABC Test" for its unemployment insurance law. See Unemployment Insurance.
  • A driver for a Transportation Network Company (TNC) (a ride-sharing company like Uber or Lyft that uses a digital network to connect customers with drivers who provide prearranged rides) will be considered an independent contractor and not an employee as long as certain conditions are met. See Transportation Network Companies.