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Sample Notice for Wellness Programs, Issued by EEOC
Friday, June 24, 2016
A Sample Notice for Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs, along with a questions and answers guidance of the sample notice, was released by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on June 16, 2016. This
New Survey Platform for the Upcoming 2016 Pay Rates in Hawaii Survey
Friday, June 24, 2016
HEC has been conducting and publishing comprehensive, reliable, and useful surveys for over 30 years focused on the Hawaii Market, and these survey reports have proven to be a valuable resource to members. Through the
DOL's Regulation Regarding an Overtime Exemption for Service Advisors in Automobile Dealerships Was Not Entitled to Deference, U.S. Supreme Court Ruled
Friday, June 24, 2016
Background: DOL Abandoned Decades Long Interpretation Regarding the Service Advisor Exemption For decades, from 1978 to 2011, service advisors at automobile dealerships had been considered exempt from overtime wages under
Unemployment in Hawaii Below Nation's Unemployment Rate
Friday, June 24, 2016
Nationwide unemployment rate declined to 4.7% in May, down 0.3 percentage point as compared to April, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on June 3. Nonfarm payroll employment saw a slight increase, with the
EEOC Publishes Three Resources Addressing Women's EEO Rights
Friday, June 24, 2016
In conjunction with the White House United State of Women's Summit on June 14, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released three resource documents that address the equal employment opportunity
CareerBuilder Survey Reveals Biggest Productivity Killer: Cellphones/Texting
Friday, June 24, 2016
A national survey of employers in the private sector found that employee productivity suffers most from smartphone use. The survey, conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder, found that using the internet and
NLRB Severely Limits the Right of Employers to Permanently Replace Striking Workers
Friday, June 17, 2016
In American Baptist Homes of the West, 364 NLRB No. 13 (May 31, 2016), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that an employer violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) when its decision to permanently
OFCCP Published Final Sex Discrimination Regulations Applicable to Federal Contractors, Effective August 15, 2016
Friday, June 17, 2016
On June 14, 2016, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced the finalization of the sex discrimination rules for federal contractors, interpreting Executive Order 11246. The final rules were
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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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