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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
Eliminating Sexual Harassment in the Workplace - Safe Spaces & Workplaces Initiative Launched Today
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Earlier this year, Hawaii Employers Council spoke with Rachael Wong, founder and strategic advisor of One Shared Future, who shared her vision for Safe Spaces & Workplaces, a collaborative effort to eliminate workplace
Waikiki Bar to Pay Over $250K for Sexual Harassment
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Pacific Fun Enterprises LLC, dba Snappers Sports Bar and Grill and Snap-ette Beach and Liquor Store must pay $255,302.53 for sexual harassment of female employees. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
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
When Religious Beliefs Conflict With Anti-Harassment Policies
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Recently, much focus has been placed on the importance of implementing effective diversity, inclusion, and anti-harassment policies. But what happens when an employee’s religious beliefs conflict with these policies?
Court Dismisses Harassment Claim, Allows Retaliation Claim to Proceed
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
In Scott v. ManTech International Corporation, the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii dismissed a hostile work environment harassment claim, but allowed a claim for retaliation to proceed based on actions taken
The Hair Kiss Biden as an Opportunity for Discussion
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Former Vice President and 2020 Presidential hopeful Joe Biden has been in the news recently after multiple women accused him of unwelcomed touching, including kissing the backs of their heads, smelling their hair, and
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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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