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Final Rules on the DOL's Overtime Regulation Changes not likely before Quarter 3 of 2016
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
The Office of Management and Budget issued the Fall 2015 Unified Agenda and Regulatory Plan on Thursday, November 19, 2015. The plan included an update on the expected publication date for the Department of Labor's proposed
OSHA Issues Draft Guidance on Retaliation Program Best Practices
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Last month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued draft guidance to assist employers in strengthening anti-retaliation programs in their workplaces. The draft guidance, "Protecting Whistleblowers:
Federal Contractor Settles with OFCCP on Gender and Race Stereotyping Claims
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
The Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs ("OFCCP") has resolved claims of systemic hiring discrimination with a federal contractor in Texas. After investigation, the OFCCP concluded that the
Employers Struggling to Engage Employees in Wellness Initiatives
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Concerns regarding worker stress, obesity and sedentary lifestyles continue to drive employer commitment to health and well-being programs. Despite offering a wide complement of programs to enhance worker health and
Survey Suggests Need for Data on Workflex ROI
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Workplace flexibility remains a buzzword in today's business environment. Employers offering workflex options view remote work as the top form of workflex to offer, according to research released by WorldatWork and
HEC President Gives 2015 Annual Report
Monday, November 23, 2015
On November 19, 2015, Clayton Kamida gave the 72nd annual report of the Hawaii Employers Council's 2015 activities. Clayton reported that HEC experienced both successes and challenges in 2015. Our new compensation
NLRB Likely to Continue to Focus on ?Protected and Concerted Activity' Issues
Monday, November 23, 2015
National Labor Relations Board member Kent Hirozawa was the Featured Speaker at HEC's 72nd Annual Meeting last week. Mr. Hirozawa was nominated to the NLRB by President Obama on July 16, 2013 and confirmed by the Senate on
Health Care Briefing Provides Insight into ACA Reporting and Cadillac Tax Issues
Monday, November 23, 2015
HEC welcomed Terri O'Connell with Goodsill Anderson Quin & Stifel to its 2015 Health Care Briefing on November 19. Ms. O'Connell's talk, "How to Avoid Penalties from ACA's Reporting Requirements and the Cadillac Tax,"
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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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