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HEC hosting Workshop on "Driving Innovation: Turning the Key and Pressing on the Gas" on April 30
Thursday, March 26, 2015
We live in a world where Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity (VUCA) are the new normal. New technologies, introduced worldwide on a daily basis, are creating an unprecedented pace of change in the world of
U.S. Supreme Court holds that Employee may proceed on Pregnancy Discrimination Act Claim based on Denial of Requested Accommodation
Thursday, March 26, 2015
An employee's claim that United Parcel Service (UPS) discriminated against her by denying a request for light duty work due to pregnancy-related restrictions may proceed, according to the United States Supreme Court. In
DOL Interpretive Letter on Mortgage Loan Officers outside Scope of Administrative Rulemaking Process, Supreme Court Holds
Thursday, March 26, 2015
The Department of Labor's Wage Standards Division was not required to implement notice-and-comment rulemaking under the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) when issuing an interpretive letter reversing the agency's position
Ninth Circuit holds that Car Dealership Service Advisors are not Exempt from Overtime
Thursday, March 26, 2015
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently held that service advisors working at a car dealership did not fall within a Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") exemption for "any salesman, partsman, or
NLRB General Counsel issues Report on Employee Handbook Rules
Thursday, March 26, 2015
NRLB General Counsel Richard Griffin, Jr. has published a report summarizing recent agency decisions evaluating the validity of employee handbook policies, noting that the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) does not allow
Learn to Design and Implement Leadership Development and Succession on April 23
Monday, March 23, 2015
HEC will present a morning program to introduce participants to a framework for accelerating the development of leaders and managing leadership succession in their organizations. This program, which will be facilitated by
Save the Date: HEC to host 2015 HR Administration Series beginning on May 7, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015
The Hawaii Employers Council will host a six-part training program designed for HR practitioners and Operations Managers whose job duties involve dealing with employer-employee relations on a regular basis. The series,
Hawaii Unemployment Rate at 4.1 Percent in January
Friday, March 20, 2015
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January rose to 4.1 percent in January of 2015, according to the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. This figure represents a slight increase from the December
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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