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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
IRS Issues Guidance on Tax Credit for Paid Leave
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
On September 24, the IRS issued question-and-answer guidance for employers eligible for a business tax credit for offering workers paid family and medical leave benefits. The credit, under Internal Revenue Code Section 45S,
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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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