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HEC Highlights Bills after First Crossover
Thursday, March 10, 2016
First Crossover, the deadline by which bills introduced in the 2016 legislative session must be approved and passed by one chamber to the other for consideration, was Thursday, March 10. Members should be aware of several
Reminder: ACA Reporting Deadlines are Fast Approaching
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA"), all applicable large employers ("ALE") with 50 or more full-time employees (including full-time equivalents) must comply with Section 6056 of the Internal Revenue
DOL sues Hawaii Construction Company for FLSA Violations
Thursday, March 10, 2016
After uncovering overtime and minimum wage violations during an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, the agency filed suit against Kazu Construction LLC seeking more than $500,000 in back
EEOC Publishes Small Business Owner EEO Fact Sheet
Thursday, March 10, 2016
The federal equal employment opportunity commission has issued a fact sheet reminding small business owners of their obligations under federal equal employment opportunity law. The one-page sheet details employer
Business and HR Leaders Recognize that Organizations Must be Redesigned to Meet Market Demands
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Responding to disruptive changes in digital technology, business models and workforce demographics, 92 percent of business and HR leaders have identified the critical need to redesign their organization to meet global
HEC Welcomes Michael Nitta
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Hawaii Employers Council is pleased to welcome Michael Nitta to the Labor Relations staff. Michael joins HEC as a Labor Relations Consultant after working as a Business Agent for the United Public Workers. As a Business
HEC TV's Latest Episode Covers "Dengue Fever, Zika and Work ? Some Preliminary Issues"
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Senior HR Consultant and Staff Attorney Heather Knutson speaks on a few employee concerns that may arise as a result of the current local Dengue Fever outbreak and international Zika outbreak. Please note that the
EEOC Pursues Sexual Orientation Discrimination Claims under Title VII
Thursday, March 3, 2016
The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed two lawsuits alleging sex discrimination based on sexual orientation. The first of their kind brought by the agency, one suit was brought in the
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