News & Announcements

IRS Issues Final Rules on Fees for Health Insurers, Self-Insured Health Plans
Thursday, December 20, 2012

Final regulations on the fees imposed by the Affordable Care Act on issuers of certain health insurance policies and plan sponsors of certain self-insured health plans have been issued by the Internal Revenue Service.

Small Business Administration and USDOL Launch Self Employment Website
Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Labor have launched a new website to help states offer Self-Employment Assistance programs to those looking to create jobs in their communities.

68 Percent Do Not Wipe Corporate Data from Replaced Tablets/Smartphones
Thursday, December 20, 2012

The majority of Bring Your Own Device employees are not properly disposing of or wiping corporate information from personal devices when upgrading to the latest tablets and smartphones, according to a Harris Interactive survey conducted on behalf of mobile device consultant Fiberlink.

Happy Holidays from the Hawaii Employers Council!
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Hawaii Holiday Schedule for 2013-2015 Available
Thursday, December 13, 2012

To help members with their business planning, HEC has the Hawaii Holiday Schedule showing the holidays observed by the state and federal government and the dates those offices will be closed.

Preparing Affirmative Action Plan? HEC Has Updated Availability Statistics
Thursday, December 13, 2012
HEC has updated the Availability Statistics for Affirmative Action Programs which reports EEO-1 job categories by sex and ethnicity for the State and each county. Federal contractors may use these statistics in preparing their required affirmative action plans.
Holiday Pay, Overtime, and Bonus Questions Answered by USDOL
Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Fair Labor Standards Act does not require payment for time not worked, such as vacations or holidays (federal or otherwise); these benefits are generally a matter of agreement between an employer and an employee (or the employee's representative), the U.S. Dept. of Labor says. If the holiday is worked, premium pay is not required unless the employee has actually worked over 40 hours in the designated workweek.

USDOL Sues Broadcaster for $158,000 in Unpaid Wages, Damages for 6 "Salaried" Employees
Thursday, December 13, 2012

The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against a Wyoming-based broadcasting company and its owner, alleging willful violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping provisions. The DOL investigation found that six employees were paid fixed salaries without regard to the number of hours worked or to the overtime compensation required for hours worked beyond 40 per workweek. In some cases, monthly salaries failed to compensate employees at the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. The company also failed to maintain records required by the FLSA.

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