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Labor and Employment Notices
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Hawaii employers are required by federal and state laws to notify their employees of their rights by clearly displaying official labor and employment notices at each of their work locations. Companies are advised to
Reminder: Minimum Wage increase takes Effect January 1
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Hawaii's minimum wage rate rose to $7.75 from $7.25 on January 1, 2015. This increase is the first step in a four part legislative initiative to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour in 2018 through incremental changes
HEC Board Member John Schapperle appointed CEO of Island Insurance
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Island Insurance, Hawaii's largest locally owned property & casualty insurance carrier, has appointed HEC board member John Schapperle as Chief Executive Officer. With more than 40 years' experience in the property and
Learn about NLRB's New Quickie Election Rules in January
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
The National Labor Relations Board recently issued rules amending its procedures for representation elections. To ensure that employers are prepared to meet the new requirements imposed by these rules, Torkildson, Katz,
Employee Stress and Burnout are Key HR Concerns in 2015
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
With employee burnout and stress at an all-time high, employers are beginning 2015 with a focus on addressing this issue, according to ClearRock, Incorporated. By developing policies and procedures to minimize employee
Survey Finds Bad Hires Impact Staff Morale
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
A recent survey of chief financial officers (CFOs) conducted by Robert Half underscores the importance of making the right hiring decisions. Of the 2,100 CFOs that participated in the survey, 39 percent identified negative
Happy New Year from HEC
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
The staff and management of the Hawaii Employers Council extend their best wishes for a happy holiday season and prosperous 2015! Our offices will close at 12:00 p.m. on December 31 and reopen on January 2.
Learn about NLRB's New Quickie Election Rules in January
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
The National Labor Relations Board recently issued rules amending its procedures for representation elections. To ensure that employers are prepared to meet the new requirements imposed by these rules, Torkildson, Katz,
Feature of the Month:

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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