Alaska has passed legislation amending its Wage and Hour Act to make it more
consistent with the overtime provisions the Bush Administration adopted in 2004.
The legislation adds a provision to the act stating that the state's definition
of an executive, administrative, or professional job is the same as under federal
Under the Alaska law, in order to be exempt from overtime rules, individuals
employed in a bona fide executive, administrative, or professional capacity
must be compensated at a rate of at least two times the state minimum wage for
the first 40 hours of employment each week.
"These changes to the Wage and Hour Act eliminate ambiguities, align Alaska
more closely with other states, and reduce the number of unnecessary lawsuits,
while protecting workers rights to receive overtime," said Representative
Norman Rokeberg, sponsor of the legislation, in a statement.
The law is effective November 7, 2005.
Read more about overtime on Compensation.BLR.com.