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Are You Ready For 2020?

Posted Tuesday, December 10, 2019 6:28 am

2020 is just around the corner.  Are you ready?  Here are some of the changes taking effect next year that may be of interest to Hawaii employers:

January 1, 2020

  • The final overtime rule raises the salary threshold to qualify for an exemption to $684 per week ($35,568 annually).
  • Federal Contractor minimum wage increases to $10.80 per hour.
  • Hawaii employers will be required to file quarterly unemployment tax reports through the Department of Labor and Industrial Relation’s website.
  • Mandatory Electronic Filing of Tax Forms for taxable periods beginning on or after January 1, 2020:
    • 2019-10– Mandatory electronic filing of corporate income tax returns
    • 2019-11– Mandatory electronic filing of withholding tax returns for employer’s whose annual liability exceeds $40,000
    • 2019-12 – Mandatory electronic filing of franchise tax returns
    • 2019-13 – Mandatory electronic filing of public service company tax returns

January 11, 2020

  • Marijuana decriminalization: The possession of three grams or less of marijuana will no longer be considered a criminal offense in the State of Hawaii effective January 11, 2020.  Rather, such possession of marijuana will constitute a violation that carries a monetary fine of $130.

July 1, 2020

  • Gender X Designations on Driver’s License and State ID Cards: Hawaii driver’s licenses and State ID cards will include the cardholder’s “gender designation” instead of “sex.”  The gender designation must include the options of F, M, or X. The “X” option indicates that the individual is non-binary, or identifies as neither male nor female.

August 2020

  • Repeal of Law Requiring Time Off to Vote: Beginning with the August 2020 primary election, elections will be conducted by mail.  Thus, time off on Election Day to go to the polls is no longer necessary.  Section 47 of Act 136 repealed Hawaii Revised Statutes § 11-95, which had required employers to provide up to 2 hours of time off to vote.
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