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Kauai Harley-Davidson Sued by EEOC for Retaliation
Friday, September 30, 2016
On September 23, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a complaint against Aloha Auto Group, Ltd. for retaliation in violation of Title VII. The complaint alleges that an employee was
Liberty Dialysis-Hawaii Successfully Defends Discrimination Claim
Friday, September 30, 2016
In Pfendler v. Liberty Dialysis-Hawaii, No. 14-00377 (D. Haw. Sept. 22, 2016), an employee who worked as a Dialysis Technical Specialist unsuccessfully sued his employer, Liberty Dialysis-Hawaii, for disability
Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors Rising to $10.20 Effective January 1, 2017
Friday, September 30, 2016
Federal contractors subject to Executive Order 13658 must pay workers performing work on or in connection with a covered federal contract $10.20 per hour ($6.80 for tipped employees), beginning January 1, 2017. See 81 Fed.
Labor and Employment Matters Make Up the Most Pending Litigation for U.S. Companies, Survey Reports
Friday, September 30, 2016
U.S. employers reported labor and employment matters topped the list of pending litigation, according to Norton Rose Fulbright's 2016 Litigation Trends Annual Survey. The top three pending litigation matters for U.S.
Federal Contractors: DOL Published Final Rule Establishing Paid Sick Leave, Effective November 29, 2016
Friday, September 30, 2016
On September 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published in the federal register the final rules implementing Executive Order 13706, requiring federal contractors to provide up to 56 hours (7 days) of paid sick
Monster's Survey Reveals How to Prepare for the Gen Z Workforce
Friday, September 30, 2016
Monster's Multi-Generational Survey gives insight into what motivates Gen Z and how employers can attract them as they graduate from college and begin working. When Gen Z, aged 15-20 at the time of the survey, hits the
21 States and a Coalition of Businesses File Separate Lawsuits to Invalidate the DOL's Revised Overtime Exemption Rules
Friday, September 23, 2016
On September 20, 2016, two lawsuits were filed in Texas that ask the court to invalidate the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL's) revised overtime exemption rules, 81 Fed. Reg. 32391 (May 23, 2016). Both lawsuits also ask the
HEC's 2016 Salary Adjustment Survey Reveals Level of Pay Increases in Hawaii
Friday, September 23, 2016
Hawaii Employers Council 2016 Salary Adjustment Survey participants reported that the average 2016 actual increase in Hawaii is 2.7% percent for all employee groups, with the median reporting at 3.0% which matches the U.S.
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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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