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Feature of the Week
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Employee retention is an ongoing challenge for employers. A recent nationwide survey conducted by Lee Hecht Harrison may provide some insight into this issue. This week's Feature from CCH Daily Document Update reports that a
HEC to Host Employment Law Update on February 14
Thursday, January 31, 2013

Attorneys Ron Y.K. Leong, Lani Narikiyo and Staci M. Fujikawa will explain recent developments in Hawaii and Federal equal employment opportunity laws and the National Labor Relations Act that will impact both union and nonunion employers.

Maximum Fringe Benefit Amount for Mass Transit Raised to $245 per month
Thursday, January 31, 2013

On January 11, 2013, the IRS announced that the maximum fringe benefit amount for mass transit is changed from $240 to $245 for 2013 due to inflation.

March 1, 2013 Deadline for Compliance with Affordable Care Act Requirement regarding Notice of Coverage Options Extended
Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Department of Labor has extended the March 1, 2013 deadline for certain employers to provide employees with notice of coverage options available through state Health Exchanges.

Company's Failure to Select Supervisor for New Position is not Discrimination, according to Hawaii Judge
Thursday, January 31, 2013
U.S. District Court Judge Leslie Kobayashi ruled on January 23, 2013 that Whole Foods Market did not discriminate against a store operations supervisor in failing to select him for a new position during a corporate
Second Circuit Affirms NLRB Holding that Employer Refusal to Bargain Over the Effects of Its Decision to Discontinue Company Vehicle Use Policy was Improper
Thursday, January 31, 2013

The contract between a utility company and Union neither covers the effects of a change to the company's vehicle use policy nor waives the Union's right to effects bargaining regarding the change, according to a recent Second Circuit decision.

Kitchen Chefs are not "Tipped Employees" under the FLSA, according to Florida District Court
Thursday, January 31, 2013

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida recently held that the inclusion of kitchen chefs in a restaurant's tip pool invalidated the pool in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

NLRB Concludes that Policies on Media and Law Enforcement Inquiries Violate National Labor Relations Act
Thursday, January 31, 2013

On January 28, the National Labor Relations Board issued a decision holding that four company policies restrict employee rights under the NLRA.

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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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