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Are You Prepared For the Opioid Crisis? Free Worker Opioid Abuse Toolkit
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Opioid abuse is a serious national crisis. According to the Hawaii Opioid Initiative: 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. In Hawaii, between 2012 and 2016, an average of 150 people per year died from a drug
Stay Healthy This Flu Season!
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
The weather is finally cooling off, but with the cold and wet weather comes cold and flu season. Here are some tips and resources to help keep your employees healthy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
HEC TV: ABC’s of Hawaii’s Prepaid Health Care Act
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
In this new episode of HEC TV, HR Advisor Janice Yates explains Hawaii’s Prepaid Health Care Act in a nutshell. She answers questions such as what should an employer do if a new hire doesn’t waive coverage or
Update: Conscience Rule Postponed
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
As previously discussed in this news digest article, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) recently issued a final rule protecting healthcare workers who refuse to provide care due to moral or
IRS: 2020 Health Savings Account Limits Increase
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
The Internal Revenue Service announced the 2020 inflation-adjusted amounts for Health Savings Accounts (“HSA”). The annual limitation on deductions for high deductible health plans (“HDHP”) is $3,550
Conscience Rule Allows Healthcare Employees to Refuse to Provide Care Based on Religion
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
On May 21, the Federal Register published the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) final rule protecting healthcare workers who refuse to provide care due to moral or religious beliefs. The Protecting
ACA Declared Unconstitutional, But No Changes Yet
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
As you may have heard, a Texas federal court recently ruled the entire Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) unconstitutional. What does that mean for you? Nothing yet. Lawsuit Background As mentioned in this news
Proposed Legislation Requires OSHA Workplace Violence Standard for Healthcare and Social Service Workers
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Legislation was introduced last month to address the high rates of workplace violence faced by the nation’s health care and social service workers. The “Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social
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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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