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OFCCP News for Federal Contractors
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
In honor of Veterans Day last week, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) wants to make sure employers are complying with the Vietnam Era Veteran Readjustment Assistance Act
Waikiki Bar to Pay Over $250K for Sexual Harassment
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Pacific Fun Enterprises LLC, dba Snappers Sports Bar and Grill and Snap-ette Beach and Liquor Store must pay $255,302.53 for sexual harassment of female employees. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Falsified FMLA Certifications, Post-Termination Retaliation, and Lack of Documentation
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Robert Straub sued his former employer, the County of Maui (“County”), alleging Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) interference and retaliation, association discrimination under the Americans with
9th Circuit Raises Burden of Proof for ADA Discrimination Claims
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a terminated employee alleging discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) must prove that his discharge would not have occurred were it
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
New Employment Laws from the 2019 Legislative Session
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Following the Governor’s veto deadline on July 9, the Hawaii Employers Council issued its final set of legislative reports for the 2019 legislative session. For new employment laws, perhaps the biggest update
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
Supreme Court: Employers Who Donít Timely Object Will Forfeit Defense
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that the requirement to file a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) is mandatory, but not jurisdictional. Fort Bend County v.
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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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