Two Lawsuits and a Bill Challenging the DOL’s New FLSA Rules

Two Lawsuits and a Bill Challenging the DOL’s New FLSA Rules

Two lawsuits have been filed to enjoin the DOL from enforcing the new rules and the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would postpone the effective date of the new rules for…(Read More…)

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FAQ:  Hepatitis A and the Workplace

FAQ: Hepatitis A and the Workplace

Hawaii is currently experiencing a major outbreak of Hepatitis A. As a result, many Hawaii employers are left with a myriad of questions about the rights of employers and employees with regards to Hepatis A in the workplace…(Read More…)

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Brace Yourselves:  The DOL’s New Overtime Rules Are Here

Brace Yourselves: The DOL’s New Overtime Rules Are Here

The DOL is issuing its final rule regarding overtime exemptions under the FLSA on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Needless to say, the rules are bad, really bad. In summary, the DOL is more than doubling the current… (Read More…)

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End of Legislative Session Update

End of Legislative Session Update

The 2016 legislative session has come to a quiet ending. If you want to learn more about some of the bills that may be of particular interest to companies doing business in the State of Hawaii, please click on the following link for my latest legislative update: (Read More…)

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Welcome To My Site!

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 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.


HR Training


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.

Site Recognition

This website has been listed in the online blawg directory of the ABA Journal. The ABA Journal is a monthly legal magazine and serves as the flagship publication of the American Bar Association. I am honored and humbled to have my blog listed in the ABA Journal's blawg directory.

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