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Are You Prepared For the Opioid Crisis? Free Worker Opioid Abuse Toolkit
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Opioid abuse is a serious national crisis. According to the Hawaii Opioid Initiative: 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. In Hawaii, between 2012 and 2016, an average of 150 people per year died from a drug
Kūlia I Ka Nu‘u: Gail Lerch at Hawaii Pacific Health – Making a Difference in People’s Lives
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Gail Lerch, Executive Vice President of Human Resources and General Services at Hawaii Pacific Health (“HPH”), recently shared her experiences in making a difference in the lives of others. At HPH, Gail oversees
DOL Announces Proposed Rule Regarding Tip Credits
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently announced a proposed rule amending tip provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). Background The FLSA generally requires covered employers to
Celebrating the Value of Workers With Disabilities – Events and Resources
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (“NDEAM”). NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and
Stay Healthy This Flu Season!
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
The weather is finally cooling off, but with the cold and wet weather comes cold and flu season. Here are some tips and resources to help keep your employees healthy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
HEC TV: ABC’s of Hawaii’s Prepaid Health Care Act
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
In this new episode of HEC TV, HR Advisor Janice Yates explains Hawaii’s Prepaid Health Care Act in a nutshell. She answers questions such as what should an employer do if a new hire doesn’t waive coverage or
Minimum Wage Increases Coming for Federal Contractors
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Beginning January 1, 2020, the minimum wage rate for workers performing work on or in connection with covered federal contracts will rise from $10.60 to $10.80 per hour. Covered tipped employees performing work on or in
IRS Announces 2019-2020 Per Diem Rates for Travel Expense Reimbursements
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
The IRS recently published IRS Notice 2019-55, announcing the 2019-2020 special per diem rates to be used to substantiate ordinary and necessary business expenses incurred while traveling. Special transportation industry
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