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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
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
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
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?
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
Tips for a Happy (and Safe) Holiday Party
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Over two-thirds of participating organizations (67.4%) reported that they will have an organization-wide holiday party this year according to HEC's 2018 Holiday Practices Survey. Company holiday parties can boost employee
Attorney General Issues Religious Liberty Guidance Viewed by Some as a License to Discriminate
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

On October 6, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued guidance to all administrative agencies and executive departments on religious liberty protections mandated under federal law.

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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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