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New Employment Laws from the 2019 Legislative Session
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Following the Governor’s veto deadline on July 9, the Hawaii Employers Council issued its final set of legislative reports for the 2019 legislative session. For new employment laws, perhaps the biggest update
HEC Provides Legislative Update after Session Ends
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
On May 2, the Hawaii State Legislature concluded the legislative session for 2019. This year, our state lawmakers passed and enrolled a few measures to Governor Ige that would impact some employment-related issues. The
HEC Reports on Bills after Second Crossover
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
On April 11, the Hawaii State Legislature passed the Second Crossover deadline. As we prepare to head into conference, several employment-related bills are still alive and have the potential to be passed into law. To read
Legislative Update: First Crossover
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Legislative Update: First Crossover The Hawaii State Legislature just passed the First Crossover deadline for the 2019 legislative session. This is the deadline by which all bills must be approved by an originating
HEC Provides Highlights for Employment Bills Introduced During 2019 Legislative Session
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
The Hawaii Employers Council has released its members-only Legislative Highlights article that discusses several employment-related measures that were introduced during the 2019 legislative session. This white paper covers
HEC Releases 2019 Legislative Forecast Via On-Demand Webinar
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
The 2019 legislative session recently convened on January 16 and lawmakers have until January 24 to file any bills they want to have considered this year. To assist our members in preparing for session, we have released a
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
Job Protection for Medical Marijuana Users May be Coming Soon. Does Your Company Need an Exemption?
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Pursuant to Act 116 of the Session Laws of Hawaii 2018, a working group has been formed to discuss potential legislation that would provide job protection for employees who possess a medical marijuana (“MMJ”)
Feature of the Month:

Wage and Hour Update

There have been many significant changes going on at the U.S. Department of Labor. This article discusses two proposed rules for which employers must be prepared, which will (1) increase the salary level thresholds for determining an exempt employee and (2) change the regular rate of pay calculation for overtime.

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