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Message from HECís President Recognizing its 75th Anniversary
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
In August of 1943, 70 of the state’s major businesses founded the Hawaii Employers Council (“HEC”), as a membership organization dedicated to improving labor and personnel relations. Our founders believed
United Airlines Sued for Pilotís Posts of Nude Photos of Flight Attendant Ex-Girlfriend
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
According to a complaint filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a United Airlines pilot and flight attendant engaged in a consensual intimate relationship for four years until the flight attendant
Federal Contractors: OFCCP May Begin Focused Reviews in FY 2019
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
In Directive 2018-04 issued on August 10, 2018, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced its intent to begin focused reviews starting in FY 2019. In the focused review, the OFCCP would conduct a
Survey Shows Perception of Fairness of Pay, Rewards Programs Influenced by Gender
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Ensuring pay and reward fairness has become a significant challenge for employers and rewards leaders. New data finds that male and female employees may base their perceptions on what is fair in terms of pay and rewards on
Alert! Companies with 10 or More Employees Need Written Safety Plan ASAP
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Governor Ige recently approved new administrative rules for the State of Hawaii Department of Occupational Safety and Health (“HIOSH”). Beginning August 18, 2018, one component of the new rules requires
State Unemployment Rate Holding Steady at 2.1%
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
On August 16, 2018, the Hawaii State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations announced that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July 2018 was 2.1%, the same as it was a month earlier. Nationally, the
Hawaii Construction Industry Wage Rates Set to Increase, Effective September 3, 2018
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
On September 3, 2018, wages and benefits for union Carpenters, Cement Finishers/Masons, Laborers and Operating Engineers in Hawaii will increase as indicated in the table below. Total Wage and Fringes Paid to
IRS Offers Guidance on Recent 529 Education Savings Plan Change
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
On July 30, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service and Department of the Treasury announced their intent to issue regulations on three recent tax law changes affecting popular 529 education savings plans. Notice 2018-58,
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Wage and Hour Update

There have been many significant changes going on at the U.S. Department of Labor. This article discusses two proposed rules for which employers must be prepared, which will (1) increase the salary level thresholds for determining an exempt employee and (2) change the regular rate of pay calculation for overtime.

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