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Celebrating the Value of Workers With Disabilities – Events and Resources
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (“NDEAM”). NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and
Handling Politically-Charged Issues at Work
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
With all that has been going on in the news lately, it is difficult to prevent politically-charged issues from affecting the workplace. When a political issue arises, employers may find themselves in the challenging
9th Circuit: Salvation Army Can Discriminate Based on Religion and End Interactive Process
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a published decision, held: (1) Title VII’s religious organization exemption barred retaliation and hostile work environment claims against the Salvation Army because they were
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
9th Circuit Denies Summary Judgment to Hawaii Employer, Job Description Not Enough to Establish “Essential Job Function”
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
In a memorandum opinion filed on July 2, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reminded employers that the evidence of an essential job function includes, but is not limited to the job description. When
Misrepresentation of “Service Animal” Becomes Unlawful in Hawaii, January 1, 2019
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
While places of public accommodations have long been prohibited from discriminating against individuals with a disability, a new law makes clear that required accommodations extend to individuals with a disability that use
EEOC: $1 Million Settlement for Unlawful Leave and Attendance Policy
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
On July 17, 2018, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a $1 million settlement with Mueller Industries, Inc., settling a disability discrimination lawsuit based on its leave and attendance
Must an Employer Accommodate a Request to have Saturdays Off for Religious Observance?
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
The short answer to this question is that it depends. For example, allowing an employee to use paid time off and swap shifts with coworkers to cover Saturday absences due to religious observance may not be enough to fulfill
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Resources Updated for New Hawaii Laws

Have you updated your policies, procedures, and handbook provisions to reflect the new laws? HEC has updated various resources on its website.

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