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HEC Publishes Legislative Digest for the 2017 Legislative Session
Monday, January 30, 2017
The legislative session opened on January 18 and is in full swing at the Capitol. The deadline for legislators to introduce bills was January 26, and HEC is closely monitoring those that are of interest to members. Read
Employers Should Remove Liability Waivers from FCRA Background Check Disclosure Forms
Monday, January 30, 2017
Employers face litigation if they include liability waiver language in the Fair Credit Report Act (FCRA) disclosure forms they issue to job applicants prior to third-party background checks. According to the United States
Trump takes Action on Obamacare during First Week in Office
Monday, January 30, 2017
Wasting no time following his inauguration on January 20, President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at unraveling his predecessor's signature act, the Patient Protection and A?ordable Care Act (ACA). The move
EEOC releases 2016 Enforcement Statistics
Monday, January 30, 2017
The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released its analysis of the 91,503 charges of workplace discrimination that were filed during the 2016 fiscal year (running from October 1, 2015 to September
DLIR Applies Same Unemployment Insurance Contribution Rate Schedule in 2017
Monday, January 30, 2017
The 2017 unemployment insurance tax rate was published by the Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, and Hawaii employers will be on contribution rate schedule C for the second year in a row. The taxable wage
HEC Welcomes Derek Kanehira
Monday, January 23, 2017
Hawaii Employers Council is pleased to welcome Derek Kanehira as Vice President and Director of HR Services. Derek joins HEC with more than 27 years of experience in Human Resources in various industries including
As 2017 Legislative Session Begins, Laws Enacted in 2016 Take Effect
Monday, January 23, 2017
The 2017 legislative session began on January 18, and Hawaii Employers Council has already begun to review and analyze employment bills being introduced at the Capitol. While the publication of this session's first
DOL Appeals Permanent Injunction of Persuader Rule
Monday, January 23, 2017
In one of the federal Department of Labor's final acts under the Obama administration, the agency filed a Notice of Appeal of a November ruling by a federal court in Texas that permanently enjoined the implementation of the
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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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