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New Independent Contractor Proposed Rule
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
On September 22, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a proposed rule to determine whether a worker is an independent contractor or employee under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).
DOL Issues New Opinion Letters on Regular Rate
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) announced three new opinion letters that address compliance issues related to the “regular rate” calculations under the
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
Increased Penalties for Violations of FLSA, FMLA, HIOSH/OSHA
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Effective January 15, penalties are higher for violations of various statutes, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), and the Occupational Safety
DOL Issues Two New Wage and Hour Opinion Letters
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
On January 7, the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) issued two new opinion letters concerning the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). FLSA 2020-1 discusses the method for
DOL Publishes Final Rule on Regular Rate for Overtime Calculations
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
On December 16, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) published a Final Rule to clarify and update the regular rate regulations, which define what forms of payment employers include in the “time and
Are You Ready For 2020?
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
2020 is just around the corner. Are you ready? Here are some of the changes taking effect next year that may be of interest to Hawaii employers: January 1, 2020 The final overtime rule raises the salary threshold to
The Not-So-Fun Side of Holiday Parties – Limiting Alcohol and Paying for Attendance
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Over two-thirds of participating organizations (71.7%) reported that they will have an organization-wide holiday party this year according to HEC’s 2019 Holiday Practices Survey. Company holiday parties can boost
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Resources Updated for New Hawaii Laws

Have you updated your policies, procedures, and handbook provisions to reflect the new laws? HEC has updated various resources on its website.

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