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November 17 Resource Roundup Highlights

Posted Tuesday, November 17, 2020 3:05 pm


  • 15th Proclamation: Yesterday, Governor Ige issued a 15th Proclamation, which includes the following notable changes:
    • State Mask Mandate: Clarifies that all persons in the State must wear a face covering when in public, and requires an owner or operator of any business or operation to refuse admission or service to any individual who fails to wear a face covering, unless one of the 11 exceptions applies. Face coverings must not have holes, vents, or valves, and do not include face shields alone (unless an exception to the face covering requirement applies). (Section III.B. and Exhibit J)
    • Hotels: Requires all hotel operators to adopt and publish a COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan for each property they operate. The plan must identify measures enacted in response to COVID-19 and what guests, employees, and others who enter the property may expect in terms of service, accommodations, and safety protocols. Hotels are also responsible to accommodate guests who test positive for COVID-19 or are identified as close contacts. (Section III.C.)
    • Notaries: Modifies rules relating to notaries public. (Exhibit D)
  • COVID Clusters at Work: The Hawaii Department of Health ("DOH") is releasing weekly COVID-19 cluster reports to illustrate COVID-19 trends across the state. Workplaces continue to be a significant source of COVID-19 clusters, according to DOH epidemiologist Emily Roberson, who oversees Hawaii's contact tracing program. "So much of the time people will be wearing their PPE (personal protective equipment) and are very serious about it when they're doing their jobs, and then when they're on break they go hang out with their work friends or they go take a smoke break outside ... and you have your mask off - that's the real risk of transmission." Read the Star Advertiser article here and view the Department of Health's PSA video "How to gather at work. For real." A new Cluster Report will be posted every Thursday on the DOH web site available here.
  • Expanded Hawaii Restaurant Card Program: From November 13 to December 10, the Hawaii Restaurant Card - Business Holiday Card is being made available to businesses that wish to purchase the Card for employees, clients, and partners during the holiday season. For more information and to order, click here.
  • Free E-Commerce and Digital Marketing Support: Hawaii businesses are invited to apply for e-commerce and digital marketing support through the INNOVATE Hawaii (HTDC) E-Commerce & Digital Marketing Assistance Program, which matches companies with specialized consultants who help improve the company's digital presence and expand their market during the COVID-19 pandemic. Apply now. Free E-Commerce and Digital Marketing webinars are also available for registration here.
  • Additional Trusted Partners for Safe Travels Program: The State announced the addition of 11 new trusted partners for its domestic transpacific pre-travel testing program and 2 new trusted partners for its inter-county pre-travel testing program.
  • Oahu: The Back on the Wave initiative highlights the steps local businesses are taking to protect the health of their employees and customers. Businesses can take the COVID-19 health and safety assessment to be included in an online directory of businesses and earn free personal protective equipment and signage.
  • Kauai: In response to the growing number of travelers who test positive after producing negative pre-travel tests, Mayor Kawakami is seeking approval from Governor Ige for two proposed emergency rules. One rule would require travelers to quarantine for 72 hours after arrival and then take a second test and be released from quarantine if they receive a negative test result. The second rule would require travelers to have negative test results uploaded to the Safe Travels program prior to flying to Kauai.
  • Maui/Lanai: Mayor Victorino issued new Emergency Rules, effective November 12, which move the island of Lanai from the current "Stay At Home" rule to "Safer At Home" order, meaning individuals are encouraged, but not ordered, to stay at home. Another change allows masks or facial coverings to include neck gaiters, provided they are made from at least two layers of fabric or worn doubled-over across the nose and mouth. The Rules also indicate that businesses may adopt stricter protocol or requirements than set forth in the Rules.


  • OSHA Holiday Workplace Safety: OSHA compiled various resources to help employers keep workers safe this holiday season, including COVID-19 guidance for retail, delivery, and warehousing, as well as guidance for temporary/seasonal workers.
  • Further Guidance on NLRB Elections During COVID: Following an NLRB decision setting forth the six 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, NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb issued a memo providing additional guidance on the six considerations.


  • Employees prefer annual bonus and job security over traditional gifts and office celebrations: When asked what they would like most from their employer this holiday season, employees participating in an isolved survey said, a bonus (37%), job security (35%), and an annual merit increase (21%). These ranked far ahead of more traditional holiday gifts (6%) and in-person and virtual parties (1%). Read more from Wolters Kluwer CCH.
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