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Q: Employment law question: if I work at will, 29.5 a week, low long in advance I need to submit my resignation letter?
Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane answered on Oct 23, 2021

At will employment means both you and your employer can terminate your employment relationship at anytime.

While employers often request two weeks notice, it is not legally required, unless you signed a contract for a definite term. Even if there is a contract for a definite term, the...
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Q: Can an employee say willful disregard for employers imterest after employee worked over 48 hrs every week for 6 years .

I worked 80hrs week b4 1st suspension, and I worked 14 1/2 hrs when they suspended pending term. Both times I showed up I was just late due to oversleeping. Was exhausted.this happened after I told my regional I needed to speak with him it was an emergency that the job I transferred to wasn’t... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Apr 7, 2021

As long as you are being properly compensated for the hours you are working, there is generally no limit on the hours an employer can ask you to work. If you are late to work for oversleeping, your employer can discipline you. If you have unpaid wages, as you mentioned, you should contact an... Read more »

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Q: Can a company use screenshots taken from a private message on social media to discipline an employee?

A coworker’s social media account was accessed by another employee on a work computer. Screenshots were taken by employee who was not intended recipient. They are being used against me in a disciplinary meeting. Neither of the intended parties gave permission for screenshots to be taken of... Read more »

Greg Mansell
Greg Mansell answered on Nov 6, 2019

If you work for a private employer, yes. Your employer can take action. The employee who intercepted them, however, may have violated laws in how they were obtained.

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Q: Hours reduced and possibly split while on maternity leave.

While on maternity leave i was informed my hours were reduced from 40 to 20 due to revenue changes and work hour allotments. I was hired 2 years ago as a 40 hour hourly manager with benefits. All other managers are salary. I am being told i can supplement my hours by working as an hourly employee... Read more »

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Q: I am a mental health provider who received a subpoena to appear but I am no longer employed at the facility.

The ROI signed at the time was for the facility, not individual providers, and I have no access to my assessment/notes from our sessions. How should I respond?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jun 17, 2017

Tell them that, obviously.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Tax Law for Alaska on
Q: What do I do if I cannot obtain a copy of my W4 because the company refuses to return contact?

I received my W2 showing no federal tax withheld for the entire year but I don't believe I filled out my W4 that way. I'm trying to grt a copy and they won't return my contact. I want to make sure they aren't trying to screw me over because I left the company. I got married and... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Feb 24, 2017

If they didn't withhold any of your wages, the IRS didn't get any money, so you will not get credit for what they should have withheld. Whether or not you gave them a W4 (by which they didn't withhold taxes) is immaterial. You will have to pay tax on the entire amount of your wages... Read more »

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Q: I was terminated. Isn't it my right to receive my last paycheck?
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Aug 12, 2015

Generally, yes. If you haven't received it yet, you should contact the Alaska Department of Labor.

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