Alaska Statutes.
Title 23. Labor and Workers' Compensation
Chapter 10. Employment Practices and Working Conditions
Section 47. Employee's Lien.
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AS 23.10.047. Employee's Lien.

(a) If an employer agrees with an employee or group of employees to make payment to a medical, health, hospital, welfare, or pension fund or such other fund for the benefit of the employees, or has entered into a collective bargaining agreement providing for the payments, but fails to make the payments when due, a lien is created in favor of each affected employee on the earnings of the employer and on all property of the employer used in the operation of the employer's business to the extent of the money, plus penalties due to be paid on the employee's behalf to qualify the employee for participation in the fund and for expenses incurred by the employee for which the employee would have been entitled to reimbursement under the fund if the required payments had been made.

(b) The lien claimant, a representative of the claimant, or the trustee of the fund on behalf of the claimant must record a notice of claim within 60 days after the employer's payment is due with the recorder of the recording district in which the employer's place of business is located or in which the claimant resides. The notice contains

(1) the name of employee;

(2) the name of the employer and the name of the person employing the claimant if known;

(3) a statement of the pertinent terms and conditions of the employee benefit plan;

(4) the date when the payments are due and were to have been paid; and

(5) a statement of the demand including the amounts due to the claimant if expenses have been incurred.

(c) The notice of claim of lien is served on the employer in the same manner as a summons and complaint in civil actions or mailed to the employer by registered mail.

(d) The lien created by the recording of the notice of claim of lien is enforced within the same time and in the same manner as a mechanic's lien is foreclosed if the lien is on real property, or as a chattel lien is enforced if the lien is on personal property. The court may allow, as part of the costs of the action, the recording fees for the notice of claim, reasonable attorney's fees, and court costs.

(e) The lien created under (a) of this section is preferred and superior to an encumbrance that attaches after the employer's payments became due, and is also preferred and superior to an encumbrance that has attached previously, but that was not recorded and of which the lien claimant had no notice.


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