2017 Legislative Wrap-Up

2017 Legislative Wrap-Up

The 2017 legislative session has come to a close. This year, state lawmakers ended up passing out several measures that will amend various employment laws in Hawaii. Such laws include workers’ compensation, payment of wages, and others (Read More…)

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My name is Ryan Sanada and I am the Director of Legal and Government Affairs for the Hawaii Employers Council (“HEC”), Hawaii’s premier employers’ resource for human resources consulting and labor relations guidance.  Prior to working at HEC, I was a labor and employment attorney in private practice for 10 years and also served as a legal consultant to the Labor Committee of the Hawaii State Legislature for two legislative sessions while continuing to work at my firm full time…read more.

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HR Consultation

“The best defense is a good offense”
-Vince Lombardi

For employment related issues, I believe “the best defense is a good offense.”  In other words, I prefer pro-actively managing the workforce, as opposed to reacting to a bad situation or lawsuit.  Therefore, my philosophy is that the best strategy for handling employment lawsuits and claims is to prevent them from happening in the first place.

I devote a significant portion of my time to counseling employers in labor and employment matters, with the goal of helping employers and human resources professionals navigate their way through complex employment situations.  The experiences I gained from spending 10 years litigating employment law claims and administrative complaints have enabled me to assist employers in understanding and remaining compliant with state and federal labor and employment laws and regulations.


HR Training


Over the years, I have presented numerous seminars and training programs for Hawaii employers on all areas of Human Resources management.  Such training included both in-house sessions as well as public seminars.  Topics covered include  basic employment laws, legal updates, supervisory duties, correcting poor performance, investigations, union campaigns, conducting performance appraisals, interviews, sexual and other forms of harassment, leave law issues, as well as other areas of labor and employment law that are currently topical.  I try to make my programs educational, interactive and (somewhat) enjoyable.

A sampling of the seminars and presentations I have conducted over the years can be viewed here.


I have received an AV-Preeminent rating in the field of Labor and Employment Law for both legal ability and professional ethics. This is the highest professional rating given out by Martindale-Hubbell, the most respected peer review rating system for attorneys over the past century.

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