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August 30, 2005
Alaska Adopts Some Federal Standards for Overtime

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.

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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 overtime-exemption rules.

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.

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