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Education Assistance Programs and Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Were On the Rise in 2019
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Employers continue to expand their Total Rewards offerings to attract, engage and retain top performing employees. Not surprisingly, given societal and media focus on student debt and pay equity, education assistance
HEC Releases 2019 Pay Rates in Hawaii Survey Highlights
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
The Hawaii Employers Council recently released the results of the seventy-third Pay Rates in Hawaii Survey. A total of two hundred seven private organizations and government agencies in Hawaii participated. Market outcomes
HEC Releases 2019 Salary Adjustment Survey Summary Highlights
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
The 2019 Salary Adjustment Survey was conducted between June and September 2019. A total of one hundred seventy-six (176) organizations shaped the results of this year's Survey Report. Participating organizations provided
Annual Inflation Adjustments for 2020
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Various annual inflation adjustments have been announced for 2020. Rev. Proc. 2019-44 provides annual inflation adjustments for more than 60 tax provisions for 2020, including those related to transportation fringe
HECís 2019 Holiday Practices Survey Summary is Here!
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
HEC’s Annual Holiday Practices Survey was conducted in October of 2019. A total of two hundred twenty-three organizations participated this year providing information on topics ranging from holiday scheduling to
Unilateral Changes OK With Clear and Unmistakable Waiver of Right To Bargain
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
In another 2-1 decision split along party lines, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) held that E.I. DuPont de Nemours (“DuPont”) did not violate the National Labor
Benefits Spotlight: What Should You be Communicating to Your Employees?
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
School is back in session. Some of you have just completed open enrollment. For some of you, open enrollment is right around the corner. What should you be communicating to your employees about benefits? If You Just
Upcoming Deadline: Form 5500 Due for Calendar-Year Plans
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Form 5500 (Annual Return/Report of Employee Benefit Plan) is due the last day of the seventh month after the plan year ends, which is July 31 for calendar-year plans. It must be filed by an employer who maintains the
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Medical Marijuana and the Workplace

Laws regarding medical marijuana and the workplace have been under constant development over the past few years, with recent developments occurring in just the past few weeks. Now more than ever, Hawaii employers may be confused about how to apply their drug-free workplace policies to applicants or employees who fail a drug test due to medical marijuana usage.

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