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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
Proposed New Rule to Make More Employees Qualify For Overtime Pay
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
The Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently announced a proposed rule that would convert more than one million U.S. employees from exempt to non-exempt employees, thus making them eligible for overtime pay. What is
Legislative Update: First Crossover
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Legislative Update: First Crossover The Hawaii State Legislature just passed the First Crossover deadline for the 2019 legislative session. This is the deadline by which all bills must be approved by an originating
Reminders About Nursing Mothers in Wake of $1.5M Award to Lactating Worker
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
A female employee who was demoted and denied a private place to express breast milk, was awarded more than $1.5 million by a federal jury in Delaware. Below are a few reminders and resources so your company is never on the
$15 Off Registration for Employment Law Mid-Year Update on March 5
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Join the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii and attorneys from Torkildson, Katz, Hetherington, Harris & Knorek for an Employment Law Mid-Year Update. Earn SHRM credits and hear about: Legislative Updates How Employers Can
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Pay Equity in the Workplace: Do Gender-Based Disparities Still Exist?

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