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Are You Ready For 2020?
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
2020 is just around the corner. Are you ready? Here are some of the changes taking effect next year that may be of interest to Hawaii employers: January 1, 2020 The final overtime rule raises the salary threshold to
Hawaii Company to Pay $239,380 After DOL Finds Wage Rate Violations
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) announced that Hawaii maritime repair company Pacific Shipyards International LLC must pay $239,380 to 47 employees after a WHD investigation found it
Minimum Wage Increases Coming for Federal Contractors
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Beginning January 1, 2020, the minimum wage rate for workers performing work on or in connection with covered federal contracts will rise from $10.60 to $10.80 per hour. Covered tipped employees performing work on or in
DLIR Issues Updated Wage Rate & Apprentice Schedules
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Research & Statistics Office issued Wage Rate Schedule Bulletin No. 496 and Apprentice Schedule Bulletin No. 496, both effective September 16. These schedules
DLIR Issues Addendum to Wage Rate Schedule
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (“DLIR”) issued Wage Rate Schedule Bulletin (“WRS”) No. 495 and Apprentice Schedule Bulletin No. 495, effective July 1, 2019. The bulletins are
New FLSA Opinion Letters Calculating Overtime & Hours Worked & Highly Compensated Paralegals
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) released three new opinion letters, addressing compliance issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). One relates to the
Money Talks or Employee Walks: The #1 Reason Workers Leave Their Jobs
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2.86 million Americans quit their jobs in February 2019 alone. In Hawaii, the unemployment rate has ranged from 2.2 to 2.8% over the past two years. Therefore, many companies
Comments on Salary Level Rule Due Today! Extensions for Joint Employer and Regular Rate Rules
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has given the public additional time to submit comments on two proposed rules that could have major impacts on businesses – the joint employer rule and the regular rate
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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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