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Friday, February 26, 2016
Understanding and complying with all the requirements of the Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") and Hawaii Family Leave Law ("HFLL") can sometimes be a daunting task, and challenging for employers who already have a lot
Disability Discrimination, Retaliation Top Concerns Raised in of 2015 HCRC Charges
Friday, February 26, 2016
The Hawaii Civil Rights Commission (HCRC) has released its analysis of the 598 discrimination complaints that were filed during the 2015 Fiscal Year (FY), 523 of which involved employment cases. Of these complaints, the
EEOC Charge Responses Should Separate Confidential Information
Friday, February 26, 2016
Receiving a Charge of Discrimination from a state or federal agency is a challenge for employers. With the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) release of new Position Statement Procedures last month,
DOL Moves Forward on Paid Sick Leave Rule for Federal Contractors
Friday, February 26, 2016
On February 25, 2016, the Department of Labor published a proposed rule to implement Executive Order 13706. President Obama signed the Executive Order last fall to establish a requirement that federal contractors provide up
Employers Continue to Face Legal Challenges from Interns
Friday, February 26, 2016
A Silicon Valley venture capital firm, Fenox Venture Capital, is the latest for-profit employer to face a challenge related to the use of unpaid interns. Investigators from the federal Department of Labor's Wage and Hour
Ninth Circuit Changes Course, Prohibits Tip Pools Which Include "Back of the House" Staff
Friday, February 26, 2016
Does your restaurant have a tip pool arrangement which includes "non-customarily tipped" employees, such as cooks, dishwashers, or food runners who have little interaction with customers? If so, the Ninth Circuit Court of
DLIR issues Updated Chapter 104 Wage Rate and Apprentice Schedules
Thursday, February 18, 2016
On February 15, 2016, the Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations issued updates on its Wage Rate Schedule Bulletin and Apprentice Schedule Bulletin. These schedules determine the applicable prevailing wage
EEOC Releases FY 2015 Enforcement Statistics
Thursday, February 18, 2016
The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released its analysis of the 89,385 charges of discrimination that were filed during the 2015 fiscal year (running from October1, 2014 to September 30, 2015).
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