The 2016 legislative session is just around the corner! On Monday, January 11, 2016, I conducted the fourth annual legislative forecast where I discussed several issues I anticipate will be hot topics during session this year… (Read More)
My name is Ryan Sanada and I am the Assistant General Counsel at 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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“The best defense is a good offense”
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 occurring 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.
Over the years, I have provided 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.
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In The Media:
Here are links to some articles in which I was quoted by the media on labor and employment law issues: