HEC 2015 Hawaii State Legislative Update

HEC 2015 Hawaii State Legislative Update

For 2015, instead of conducting a formal in-person presentation for the Hawaii State Legislative Update, HEC decided to produce a YouTube video that highlights a few laws that were passed this year. The video is pretty short (~5 minutes) and … (Read More)

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Welcome to my blog!

My name is Ryan Sanada and I am the Assistant General Counsel and a Senior HR Consultant at the Hawaii Employers Council (“HEC”).  HEC is Hawaii’s premier employers’ resource for human resource management and labor relations. We provide our members with HR consultation, training and seminars, weekly newsletters, payroll data, and updates on changes to labor and employment laws.

Prior to working at HEC, I was a labor and employment attorney in private practice for 10 years, where I counseled management and HR professionals in all areas of labor and employment law and represented companies in employment lawsuits and administrative proceedings before the NLRB, HCRC, EEOC, DOL and DLIR…read more.


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


At HEC, we provide various seminars and training programs for Hawaii employers on all areas of Human Resources management.

We provide both in-house training and seminars at our offices.  Topics covered include  basic employment laws, 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.

You can view HEC’s calendar of training events here.  In addition, a sampling of the seminars and presentations I have conducted over the years can be viewed here.

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