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Honolulu Dealership Could be Liable for Discrimination Against Deaf Applicant
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
A Hawaii federal court recently held that a Honolulu Mazda dealership must go to trial to defend against claims that one of its managers discriminated against a deaf applicant. EEOC v. MJC, Inc. (July 11, 2019). Factual
If Interactive Process Fails, Makes Sure Itís Not Because of You
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
The U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii recently found in favor of an employer on multiple claims of discrimination and violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Cooper v. Hawaii
HEC TV: Leave and Schedule Modifications Under the ADA
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Do you know what to do when an employee requests leave or a modified schedule under the Americans with Disabilities Act? In this episode of HEC TV, HR Consultant Dayna Kamimura-Ching discusses how to determine whether (1)
Do Not Assume Medical Marijuana Cardholder Uses Marijuana: Hawaii Federal Court
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
An employer cannot assume that a medical marijuana cardholder uses marijuana according to the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii in Kamakeeaina v. Armstrong Produce, Ltd. Background Buddy Kamakeeaina alleged
HEC Reports on Bills after Second Crossover
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
On April 11, the Hawaii State Legislature passed the Second Crossover deadline. As we prepare to head into conference, several employment-related bills are still alive and have the potential to be passed into law. To read
EEOC Updates: Increased Penalties, FY 2018 Enforcement Data, EEO-1 Data Collection
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
EEOC Increases Monetary Penalty On March 21, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) published a final rule, adjusting its civil monetary penalty for violations of the notice-posting requirements in
9th Circuit: Salvation Army Can Discriminate Based on Religion and End Interactive Process
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a published decision, held: (1) Title VII’s religious organization exemption barred retaliation and hostile work environment claims against the Salvation Army because they were
Are You Ready for the New Laws Taking Effect in 2019?
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
2019 is just around the corner. Are you ready? Here are some of the changes taking effect in January that may be of interest to Hawaii employers: Hawaii Pay Secrecy Law – Beginning January 1, 2019, Hawaii law will
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Wage and Hour Update

There have been many significant changes going on at the U.S. Department of Labor. This article discusses two proposed rules for which employers must be prepared, which will (1) increase the salary level thresholds for determining an exempt employee and (2) change the regular rate of pay calculation for overtime.

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