News & Announcements

HEC Board of Governors Nominees for 2018 Announced
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Nominating Committee of the Hawaii Employers Council has filed with Corporate Secretary Sheri-Ann Lau Clark the names of six (6) nominees for election to three-year terms on HEC’s Board of Governors beginning in 2018.

Hawaii Federal Court Weighs in on Medical Marijuana Use by Employees
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A state law allowing medical marijuana use does not translate into an affirmative obligation for employers to accommodate such use, according to a Hawaii federal court.

Update on New HEC Website
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

As announced this spring, Hawaii Employers Council is excited to introduce an enhanced website to bring more value to our members!

Federal Contractor Minimum Wage Will Increase in January
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The minimum wage rate applicable to workers performing work under a federal contract will increase to $10.35 per hour effective January 1, 2018.

SHRM Expects an Increase in Voluntary Benefit Options During Open Enrollment
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Open enrollment is not just about health insurance and retirement savings benefits anymore.

HEC TV: 2017 New Employment Laws
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

In the latest episode of HEC TV, Ryan Sanada discusses new employment laws that resulted from the 2017 legislative session.

Hawaii Law Adds Penalties for Wage Payment Violations
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

This month, Governor David Ige signed Act 135 into law.

IRS Offers Tax Relief to Support Leave-Based Donation Programs to Hurricane Victims
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Internal Revenue Service has designed special relief in support of employers’ leave-based donation programs set up to assist victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. 

Feature of the Month:

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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