Government shut down and workers compensation

According to the Governor's office, a shutdown would affect the Alaska Workers Compensation Board and Commission: "The failure to pass a budget would have significant impacts on the department’s ability to perform important responsibilities, including resolution of labor disputes and elections, workers’ compensation adjudications and appeals, and resolution of wage and hour violations."

A word to the wise: if you have any workers compensation issues, you need to file a claim or petition, you need to ask for a hearing date, you need to talk to an attorney, do it now. No one knows how long this is going to last. You don't want to be in a position of arguing that you missed a deadline because of the shutdown; it's better to have your file up-to-date before it happens.

Keenan Powell has practiced law in Alaska for more than 30 years and has dedicated her practice to Workers Compensation representing injured Alaskans.

All consultations are free.  If you want to set up a meeting, use the contact form on or call:  907 258 7663.

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