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Employment Law Changes
Friday, July 31, 2015
HEC has published the 2015 State Employment Law Changes report, which provides a summary of twenty-four new laws enacted during the Regular Session of the Twenty-Eighth Legislature in 2015 that affect the field of
HEC to Host Series on "Creating the Next Level of Managers" starting September 10
Friday, July 31, 2015
Hawaii Employers Council is proud to present a six-part management training series on "Creating the Next Level of Managers". The series, which runs between September 10 and November 5, will feature a range of topics and
HEC will be at the 2015 SHRM Hawaii State Conference on October 9
Friday, July 31, 2015
Cathy Keaulani, Research and Compensation Services Manager, will present a break-out session on compensation practices at the SHRM Hawaii State Conference at the Hawaii Convention Center on October 9. Cathy will join a
Hawaii Legislative Briefing Sheds Light on Insurance Rate Increase
Friday, July 31, 2015
Prompted by HMSA's request to increase individual insurance premiums by 49%, the Legislature held a hearing on July 23 to explore the Insurance Division's rate review process. Insurance Commissioner Gordon Ito and Tammy
Comment Period on Proposed Overtime Rule Closes September 4
Friday, July 31, 2015
After months of speculation, the Department of Labor issued proposed regulations last month that would update and revise overtime regulations. Under the proposed rule, the salary threshold for overtime exemption would raise
Research Shows Work-Related Injury and Death Rates Highest in Food Industry
Friday, July 31, 2015
Analyzing food industry processes ranging from production, processing, distribution, storage and retail, research has shown that workers are at increased risk of occupational illness, injury or death when compared to other
OSHA Postpones Enforcement of Final Rule on Construction Work in Confined Spaces
Thursday, July 23, 2015
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has postponed the enforcement date of the confined spaces rule issued in May. The rule, which takes effect on August 3, will not be fully enforced until October 2,
DCCA releases Q4 Premium Comparison for ACA Small Group Plans
Thursday, July 23, 2015
The Insurance Division of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) has released a small group plan comparison guide for plans effective October 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015. The guide provides updated
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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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