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November 10 Resource Roundup Highlights

Posted Tuesday, November 10, 2020 3:05 pm


  • The Holiday season is just around the corner: Whether you're planning the company holiday celebration or reminding employees to celebrate Thanksgiving safely, find some helpful tips and guidance from the Hawaii Department of Health's guide for a safe holiday season and the CDC's Holidays guidance.

  • Free LED Lighting Upgrades: Restaurants and small businesses can now receive LED lighting upgrades through Hawai'i Energy's Energy Advantage program for FREE! Past participants have completed a wide range of upgrades, replacing both interior and exterior lighting to improve energy costs, safety, and ambiance. Lighting projects are easy to complete, and contractors often complete the projects in just a few days! This free offer is valid until June 30, 2021.
  • Hawaii County: Mayor Kim issued Amendment #3 and Extension to Emergency Rule No. 12, which modifies its two-test system for out-of-state travelers. Effective November 6, up to 25% of transpacific travelers participating in the State's negative test exception will be selected at random to be administered a COVID-19 rapid antigen test upon arrival. Previously, all transpacific travelers who chose to participate in the State's pre-test program were required to take the second test. The 14-day quarantine period imposed on inter-island travel remains in place.
  • Kauai: Mayor Kawakami announced the launch of a COVID-19 surge testing program offering free tests regardless of health insurance or symptoms. Testing is available at rotating sites every Sunday. Register in advance at These tests are not part of the state's pre-travel testing program and cannot be used for quarantine exemptions.


  • New from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
    • New OSHA Guidance on Ventilation in the Workplace provides tips on how employers can work with heating, ventilation, and air conditioning professionals to help optimize building ventilation to reduce the risk of workers being exposed to the coronavirus.
    • OSHA issued guidance and an accompanying one-pager to help employers understand which standards are most frequently cited during coronavirus-related inspections so employers can better ensure they are adequately protecting workers. The most frequently cited violation was that the employer did not provide a medical evaluation before the worker was fit-tested or used the respirator.
  • NLRB Elections During COVID: Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") issued a decision setting forth the considerations Regional Directors should weigh in determining whether an election should be conducted by mail-ballot, as opposed to an in-person manual-ballot, because of COVID-19-related conditions:
    1. The Agency office tasked with conducting the election is operating under "mandatory telework" status.
    2. Either the 14-day trend in the number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county where the facility is located is increasing, or the 14-day testing positivity rate in the county where the facility is located is 5 percent or higher.
    3. The proposed manual election site cannot be established in a way that avoids violating mandatory state or local health orders relating to maximum gathering size.
    4. The employer fails or refuses to commit to abide by GC Memo 20-10, Suggested Manual Election Protocols.
    5. There is a current COVID-19 outbreak at the facility or the employer refuses to disclose and certify its current status.
    6. Other similarly compelling circumstances.

    Aspirus Keweenaw, 370 NLRB No. 45 (Nov. 9, 2020).


  • COVID-19 Testing Services: Waikiki Health is offering COVID-19 molecular (PCR) testing at its Waikiki clinic (277 Ohua Ave). The test is free for people who are symptomatic, had a direct exposure, or for work clearance. Otherwise, the test is $100. Waikiki Health can also provide outreach testing to businesses at their workplace. For more information, contact Jason Espero at (808) 295-0253.
  • Succession Planning in a Post-COVID World: HRCI discusses how to maintain succession planning and business continuity during an uncertain world after COVID-19, including investing in managing internal talent, considering and planning for likely scenarios, and shifting toward long-term virtual talent management.
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Families First Coronavirus Response Act Updated Resources

HEC has updated its Families First Coronavirus Response Act resources to reflect the revisions to the regulations, effective Sept. 16.

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