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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
Is Paid Family Leave in Hawaii’s Future?
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
While it is unknown whether paid family leave will be in our near future, what is certain is that paid family leave will be a hot topic of discussion at the Legislature in 2020. Sure to be included in the discussion is the
WHD Releases New FMLA and FLSA Opinion Letters
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) recently issued new opinion letters regarding leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) and the retail or
FMLA Intermittent Leave OK for Child’s Special Education Meetings
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) issued three new opinion letters—one related to intermittent leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) and two related to
New Online Tools from DOL
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently announced new “plain-language, user-friendly” compliance assistance materials to help employers, workers, and other stakeholders understand their
WHD Issues 3 New Opinion Letters re: FMLA and FLSA
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (“WHD”) recently issued three new opinion letters. One relates to designating leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), one
DOL Penalties Increase for 2019
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
The Department of Labor (DOL) announced increased civil monetary penalties for 2019, including increases for violations of: Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) Family
Spectrum’s Inflexible Leave and Attendance Policies Violate ADA, Alleges EEOC
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) filed a lawsuit in Hawaii federal court, alleging that Oceanic Time Warner Cable LLC (dba Spectrum) unlawfully discriminates against disabled employees by
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