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Federal Ban the Box Act Will Require Federal Contractors to Reexamine Exceptions
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
The recently enacted federal “Fair Chance Act” or “Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act of 2019,” imposes restrictions on federal contractors requesting criminal history records from applicants.
HEC TV: A New Protected Class – Reproductive Health Decisions
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
A new Hawaii law prohibits employers from discriminating against applicants or employees because of their reproductive health decisions. In this episode of HEC TV, Senior HR Consultant Jessica Morikone discusses what this
Coronavirus Concerns at Work
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Employers and employees are understandably concerned about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, which is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. It is important, however, to be wary
DOL Releases Joint Employer Final Rule
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
On January 16, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) published a final rule updating the regulations interpreting joint employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The final rule is
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
Thinking About Permanently Replacing an Employee on Workers’ Compensation Leave? Better Be Sure There are No Other Feasible Alternatives
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
On June 10, the Hawaii Supreme Court issued a published opinion holding that an employer who takes an adverse action against an employee with a work injury based on business hardship should be prepared to provide evidence of
Yes, Using the B-Word Could Create a Hostile Work Environment Based on Sex
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that the repeated use of gender specific epithets (e.g. “b*tch”) against a female employee could constitute unlawful harassment because of sex. In Ochs v.
Mistake a Legitimate Reason for Adverse Employment Action
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
The U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii recently dismissed racial discrimination claims against the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services (“DHS”), holding that a supervisor’s mistake was a
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