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For Your Information

Many IRIS References and Resources are only available to State of Alaska (SOA) employees. The majority of the files linked from the page are only accessible from within the State of Alaska (SOA) network, these files are notated as "SOA Only".

If you are an ESS user outside the network, please use the link labeled "Non-SOA WAN Link". When prompted, please use your Enterprise Directory User ID and SOA Password. Your user ID usually consists of your first and middle initials and your last name, you may verify your user ID using the State Employee Directory. If you are having trouble with your password please contact your department's assigned Enterprise Directory Password Administrator.

The January 17, 2017 Go Live of the IRIS HRM System included the introduction of the Employee Self Service (ESS) module. ESS allows State employees a convenient way to review various payroll information specific to them through a secure online portal accessible both inside and outside the State network.

Through ESS, employees can:

  • Submit updates to their contact information, including address changes and emergency contacts
  • View tax withholdings/allowances
  • Check their leave balance
  • Review their performance evaluations
  • View payroll information specific to them

SOA employees will continue to have access to the State Employee Documents Online website to review paystubs from pre-IRIS HRM. This site will remain available for up to a year after Go Live.

Access to ESS

ESS is available to all active State employees and may be accessed via the IRIS website or at the following URL: https://iris-ess.alaska.gov.

To login to ESS, employees will use their 6-digit Employee ID and enterprise password. If you do not know your employee ID, you may locate it using the Enterprise directory Advanced Search (accessible only from inside the SOA network).

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Important Notice - Timesheet Entry through ESS

At Go Live of IRIS HRM on January 17, 2017 the electronic timesheet feature of ESS was piloted by the Department of Administrationís Division of Finance, Division of Personnel and Labor Relations, Division of Administrative Services, and overtime-eligible employees in the Department of Law.

In March 2017, additional divisions and departments began transitioning to ESS TIMEI entry. The following information only pertains to those divisions and departments who have been directed to enter time through ESS. If you are uncertain if this pertains to you, seek guidance from your division timekeeper. All other employees will continue to submit timesheet information as they do today. Similarly, supervisors outside the above listed departments and divisions will continue to approve timesheets as they do today. Timekeepers will then enter the information into IRIS HRM. Timesheets from departments with timekeeping systems (DPS, DFG, DEC and DNR-EFF) will interface timesheets from their respective systems into IRIS HRM.

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Video Tutorials (SOA Only)

IRIS Video Tutorials are available online. These tutorials are available as MPEG-4 (MP4) video files and Shockwave Flash. They are large files, runtime (MM:SS) is notated next to each recording for your reference. Shockwave Flash files are being provided with closed captioning for hearing impaired users.

Your browser should automatically select the best player application for this file type, recommended players include the Windows Media Player and QuickTime.

IRIS HRM: Employee Self Service (ESS)