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USCIS to Closely Scrutinize H-1B Petitions Involving Work at Third-Party Worksites
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
As the 2019 H-1B visa petition season nears, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced plans to more closely scrutinize the work relationship of certain H-1B applicants. In a policy memorandum issued
Dodd-Frank Whistleblowers are Only Protected if They Make Reports to the SEC
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
To be protected from retaliation under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, whistleblowers must make reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to a recent Supreme Court decision.
DLIR Releases Updated Chapter 104 Wage Rate and Apprentice Schedule Bulletins
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations issued updates to its Wage Rate Schedule Bulletin and Apprentice Schedule Bulletin on February 19, 2018. As to the Apprentice Schedule Bulletin, the DLIR’s
Employees Prioritize Schedule Flexibility Over Other Perks
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Flexible work hours are the perk that influences employee satisfaction the most, according to a new survey by Clutch, a B2B research firm. More than 40 percent of the full-time U.S. employees surveyed say that flexible hours
Filing the Workers’ Compensation Report: Q & A with Scott Eugenio
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Scott Eugenio, Records & Claims Supervisor for the State of Hawaii’s Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) Disability Compensation Division (DCD), recently answered some common questions regarding
Hospital is not Inoculated against Lawsuit Re: New Hire Who Refused Flu Shot
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Memorial Healthcare, a Michigan health care provider, must answer allegations that its decision to revoke a job offer to a medical transcriptionist candidate constituted religious discrimination. According to a lawsuit
National Survey Finds Organizations Mixed About Sharing Tax Benefits with Employees
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
While a majority of respondents in HEC’s recent pulse survey on tax reform changes indicated that they do not anticipate implementing changes in response to tax reform, a nationwide poll conducted by Pearl Meyer last
Hawaii Resort Company Not Required to Defend Against Age Discrimination Allegations a Second Time
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
A sales agent working for Hilton Grand Vacation Company cannot proceed on lawsuit relating to age discrimination allegations raised in a prior suit. In Henao v. Hilton Grand Vacation Company, LLC, the United States District
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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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