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Thinking About Permanently Replacing an Employee on Workers’ Compensation Leave? Better Be Sure There are No Other Feasible Alternatives
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
On June 10, the Hawaii Supreme Court issued a published opinion holding that an employer who takes an adverse action against an employee with a work injury based on business hardship should be prepared to provide evidence of
IRS Overhauls Form W-4
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
On May 31, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued a draft of the 2020 Form W-4, which implements changes made following the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. For example, the revised form no longer uses
Conscience Rule Allows Healthcare Employees to Refuse to Provide Care Based on Religion
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
On May 21, the Federal Register published the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) final rule protecting healthcare workers who refuse to provide care due to moral or religious beliefs. The Protecting
Beat the Heat – Keep Employees Safe
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Summer may not yet officially be here, but it is already getting hot! Now is a good time for employers to review policies and procedures to ensure the safety of employees who work in outdoor or indoor heat environments.
Yes, Using the B-Word Could Create a Hostile Work Environment Based on Sex
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that the repeated use of gender specific epithets (e.g. “b*tch”) against a female employee could constitute unlawful harassment because of sex. In Ochs v.
Money Talks or Employee Walks: The #1 Reason Workers Leave Their Jobs
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2.86 million Americans quit their jobs in February 2019 alone. In Hawaii, the unemployment rate has ranged from 2.2 to 2.8% over the past two years. Therefore, many companies
Can Your Employees Take a 401k Distribution to Pay Off Student Loans?
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
The hardship exemption under Section 401(k) of the Internal Revenue Code permits a plan participant to receive an early distribution in situations involving an immediate and heavy financial need. By law, such need
EEOC Announces Launch of EEO-1 Pay Data Reporting Portal and Helpdesk
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
On June 3, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) reported that it expects its web-based portal for the collection of 2017 and 2018 Component 2 data to be active by mid-July 2019. The URL for the
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