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Alert! Companies with 10 or More Employees Need Written Safety Plan ASAP
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Governor Ige recently approved new administrative rules for the State of Hawaii Department of Occupational Safety and Health (“HIOSH”). Beginning August 18, 2018, one component of the new rules requires
State Unemployment Rate Holding Steady at 2.1%
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
On August 16, 2018, the Hawaii State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations announced that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July 2018 was 2.1%, the same as it was a month earlier. Nationally, the
Hawaii Construction Industry Wage Rates Set to Increase, Effective September 3, 2018
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
On September 3, 2018, wages and benefits for union Carpenters, Cement Finishers/Masons, Laborers and Operating Engineers in Hawaii will increase as indicated in the table below. Total Wage and Fringes Paid to
IRS Offers Guidance on Recent 529 Education Savings Plan Change
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
On July 30, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service and Department of the Treasury announced their intent to issue regulations on three recent tax law changes affecting popular 529 education savings plans. Notice 2018-58,
Employee’s Facebook Post of Pilfered Document Deemed Unprotected Conduct
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
In an Advice Memorandum issued by the National Labor Relations Board’s Office of the General Counsel, it was determined that an employee who disseminated information related to a team leader’s pay information
STG Provides Rail Construction Update at HEC
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
On Thursday, August 8, 2018, the Hawaii Employers Council hosted an update from STG (aka Shimmick/Taylor/Granite) on the status of the rail project from Pearl Harbor to Middle Street. STG is tasked with constructing 5.2
Prioritizing Worker Privacy, OSHA’s Proposed Rule Rescinds Electronic Submission of Forms 300 and 301
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
On July 30, 2018, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published proposed rules (73 Fed. Reg. 36494) rescinding the requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees to electronically submit the
Workplace Design Important For Recruitment, Retention, Productivity, and Innovation
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Capital One’s 2018 Work Environment Survey reveals that office professionals in the U.S. value a flexible workplace. When asked, “How important is it, if at all, that your company’s workplace design is
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