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NLRB’s Guidance on Handbook Rules Explains Three Categories of Work Rules
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
NLRB’s Guidance on Handbook Rules Explains Three Categories of Work Rules In Memorandum GC 18-04 entitled, “Guidance on Handbook Rules Post-Boeing,” NLRB’s General Counsel issued guidance on
Higher Prevailing Wage Rates on the Horizon for Painters in Hawaii
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Painters are set to receive higher prevailing wage rates for public construction work in 2019 pursuant to the State of Hawaii’s Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) Wage Rate Schedule Bulletin No. 492,
Can Hawaii Employers Post A Job Ad Seeking “UH Students”?
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
The Hawaii Civil Rights Commission determined that a job ad for “UH students” is unlawful age discrimination. At issue in Hoshijo v. Morning Hill Foods was two job ads for the restaurant employer – one
Personality Tests: EEOC Reached Conciliation Agreements with CVS and Best Buy
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Both CVS Caremark Corporation and Best Buy were under investigation by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for using personality tests/assessments during the application process. EEOC found it probable
DOE Held Not Liable for Students’ Harassment, Corrective Measures Were Reasonably Calculated to End Harassment
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
On June 11, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the State of Hawaii Department of Education (DOE) was not liable for students’ harassment of a teacher because the DOE promptly responded to
ACA Large Employers: Guidance for IRS Letters Concerning Employer Shared Responsibility Payments
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
The IRS recently issued guidance to help applicable large employers understand the “Letter 227” they may have received. Letters 227 are not a bill; they are acknowledgement letters the IRS sends to close an
U.S. Supreme Court Reinforces the Importance of Religious Neutrality under the First Amendment
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
On June 4, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 7-2 decision, that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated its First Amendment duty to apply the State’s public accommodations law in a manner that is neutral
Standard Mileage Rates Updated to Reflect Elimination of Miscellaneous Itemized Deductions
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
In Notice 2018-42, the IRS has updated Notice 2018-3, to reflect changes to the tax law made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA; P.L. 115-97). Changes impacting Notice 2018-3 include: the suspension of the deduction for
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