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Handling Politically-Charged Issues at Work
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
With all that has been going on in the news lately, it is difficult to prevent politically-charged issues from affecting the workplace. When a political issue arises, employers may find themselves in the challenging
Termination Proper for Divulging Confidential Wage Information
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
On July 16, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) released an Advice Memorandum from its Office of the General Counsel addressing the issue of whether an employer violated the National Labor Relations Act
3 Years Without Compliance Evaluations for Excellence in Disability Inclusion
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Employers have the responsibility to treat all qualified job applicants and workers equally and fairly, regardless of disability. Many federal contractors also have the responsibility to take proactive steps to recruit,
Ceridian Suggests Three Ways to Address Employee Absenteeism
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Absence management is a very crucial factor related to workforce productivity. According to a survey done by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, the total annual cost related to lost productivity is approximately $84
HEC Survey Provides Insight into IT Work and Pay
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Hawaii Employers Council is pleased to release highlights from its 2019 Information Technology Pay Survey. While the full report is only available to participating organizations, the summary report provides insight into
NLRB Eases Risk for Employers Ousting Unions
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) recently overruled previous decisions and adopted a new framework utilizing a secret-ballot election to determine whether a union has lost the
Honolulu Dealership Could be Liable for Discrimination Against Deaf Applicant
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
A Hawaii federal court recently held that a Honolulu Mazda dealership must go to trial to defend against claims that one of its managers discriminated against a deaf applicant. EEOC v. MJC, Inc. (July 11, 2019). Factual
Hairstyle Discrimination Banned in California and New York
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
On July 3, California became the first state in the nation to ban discrimination based on natural hairstyle, and New York followed shortly thereafter on July 12. California’s CROWN (Creating a Respectful and Open
Feature of the Month:

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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