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9190754 HR ESSENTIALS: Supercharge Your EQ and IQ ~ Oahu
July 22, 2019

Are you prepared to handle your day to day HR challenges?  Designed with HR professionals, managers, and business owners in mind, this information-packed one-day program covers the key topics that are relevant to you and your organization. 

Supercharged Topics include:
DiSCover the Power of We TM (powered by Everything DiSC) – Traci Manalani
What if people had their needs written all over them?  You would know which coworkers like being the center of attention.  You would know which coworkers need a little extra reassurance.  You would realize that the coworker who is constantly discussing worst-case scenarios does not think the project is going to fail, but simply wants to be sure it’s successful.

Everything DiSC® provides you with a tool to quickly recognize the needs and priorities of your coworkers and helps people at any level of an organization understand their own personality styles as well as the styles of others.

Join us for this showcase to learn more about the power of this tool and you will also receive your own personalized profile report ($64.50 value) after completing the complimentary assessment.

HR Legal Issues: The Past, Present, and Future – Ryan Sanada
Human Resources professionals are constantly tasked with (1) staying up-to-date with frequent changes in the law, (2) complying with their current legal requirements, and (3) preparing for the future. 

In this portion of the HR Essentials program, we will examine several employment-related issues that have an impact on the world of HR in three phases:

  • Past – Recent changes to labor and employment law, including new legislation and decisions from courts and administrative agencies.
  • Present – Current HR issues and FAQ’s that remain top-of-mind for HR professionals.
  • Future – Potential legal changes on the horizon and how employers can start preparing for them.

This program is designed to give attendees the knowledge and confidence to manage their workforces effectively and efficiently, while simultaneously juggling the past, present, and future laws that affect HR.

New Proposed DOL Wage and Hour Rules – Clayton Kamida
In March of this year, the federal Department of Labor issued two new proposed rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act– the first increasing the salary basis for exempt employees to $35,308 annually, and the second modifying the rules on calculating the regular rate of pay for purposes of calculating overtime.  This segment will cover:

  • The proposed changes to the minimum salary for exempt employees, and the increase to the minimum compensation under the “highly compensated employee” exemption
  • An overview of the current rules on calculating the regular rate of pay for non-exempt employees, and the new proposed changes to the regular rate calculation rules
  • Common errors in compensating non-exempt employees for travel time, training time, meal periods, and on-call time.

Creating Safe Spaces and Workplaces in Hawaii – Rachael Wong
When it comes to harassment, we’re living in a new era with changing social norms. How can employers keep their workplaces safe and why should they pay attention to this issue? 

Join this discussion with Rachael Wong, former Director of the State of Hawaii Department for Human Services (DHS), and current Founder and Strategic Advisor for One Shared Future, an organization that brings people together to create a more positive future for Hawaii.

In 2017, Rachael had the courage to file an ethics complaint of sexual harassment against former state House Speaker Joe Souki, and remains one of the few public figures in Hawaii to be part of the #MeToo movement.  Hear her inspiring story and learn about resources employers can use create change toward eliminating workplace harassment.

Date:  Monday, July 22, 2019
Time:  8:30 am to 4:30 pm. 
Place: Central Union Church

Registration Fee:  (Training material, DiSC assessment ($64.50 value), continental breakfast, and lunch is included.  Please advise if vegetarian lunch is requested)
Members - $250.00 ($175.00 if registered by 7/12/2019)
Non-Members - $350.00 ($275.00 if registered by 7/12/2019)
Early Bird Special Extended:  To celebrate HEC’s 75th Anniversary, you will receive a $75 discount if you register by 7/12/2019.

About our Speakers:

Clayton Kamida, President & CEO, Hawaii Employers Council.  Prior to joining HEC in 2005, his legal practice focused on representing Hawaii employers in labor and employment matters. He has represented employers in state and federal court, in arbitrations, and in proceedings before the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board, Hawaii Labor and Industrial Relations Appeals Board, and other state and federal administrative agencies. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, and his law degree from the University of Illinois, magna cum laude.


Traci Manalani, Director of Organizational Effectiveness, Hawaii Employers Council.  Traci joined the Council in 2017 with over 25 years of organizational development experience to launch our Organizational Effectiveness services. Traci’s expertise includes providing individual and team coaching as well as facilitating transformational programs. Traci’s 1:1 coaching encourages executives, leaders and managers to transform their mindset and achieve behavioral change that has a positive impact for their organizations. Traci’s organization and relationship system coaching (ORSC) approach creates more cohesive teams and strengthens understanding that leads to strategic and sustainable solutions at a leveraged scale. Traci is a seasoned facilitator and has led programs that combine practical skill-building with mindset growth, which has led to significant culture change within organizations.

Traci has her Masters in Psychology, Bachelors in Human Resources Management, and is pursuing a her PhD in Organization Development and Change. She is certified as a coach through the International Coach Federation (ICF), through Fielding Graduate University’s Evidence Based Coaching program and through CRR Global’s Organization & Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC) program. Traci is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and has worked globally with private sector companies, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies.

Ryan Sanada, Director of Legal & Government Affairs, Hawaii Employers Council.  
Ryan helps HEC members navigate their way through the complex set of Hawaii and Federal labor and employment laws so they can stay compliant with their legal requirements and focus on running their businesses. For employment-related matters, he has adopted the motto “the best defense is a good offense” and believes most employment lawsuits can be avoided if companies are proactive, act responsibly, and seek proper guidance or counseling when confronted with a workplace issue. Prior to joining HEC, he was in private practice for 10 years where he represented national and local companies in labor and employment disputes and regularly advised businesses on a wide array of workplace matters. He also previously served as a legal consultant to the House Labor Committee at the Hawaii state legislature.

Ryan received his B.A. from the University of Puget Sound and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law. He is currently a member of the Workplace Environment & Competitiveness Committee for the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii.


Rachael Wong ~ Rachael has dedicated her career to improving quality of life for others and has served our Hawaiʻi community in different ways:  advocating for patients and those who serve them as the executive director of Kokua Mau (Hawaiʻi Hospice & Palliative Care Organization) and the Hawaiʻi Consortium for Integrative Care; partnering with providers to incorporate community health into the healthcare delivery system as the vice president and chief operating officer of Healthcare Association of Hawaii; leading the State of Hawai‘i Department of Human Services (DHS), a trampoline to health and well-being for local families and individuals, to an integrated approach to serving the community; and serving on numerous local and national boards and committees.  

As DHS director, Rachael led the creation of the state’s ʻOhana Nui multigenerational framework to streamline programs and funding with the focus on whole families.  She then founded and now leads the privately funded One Shared Future (OSF) Initiative, which accelerates and deepens the good work in the public and private sectors through collective professional development. She is committed to bringing what she learned working in the executive branch to develop true collaborations that address long-lasting, substantive change for Hawaiʻi residents.

Rachael earned a bachelor's degree in East Asian studies and certificate in women’s studies from Princeton University, a master's degree in public health from UH-Manoa, and a doctorate in public health from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Born and raised in Honolulu, she lives in Manoa with her husband, a physician who cares for long-term care patients and teaches.​

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Central Union Church
1660 S. Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96826
Contact Phone: 808-440-8807


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