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2018 Legislative Wrap-Up

The 2018 legislative session has come to a close and our State Legislature passed a few bills that affect Hawaii’s labor and employment laws.  Some of the areas of law that have been (or will be) impacted include the following:

  • Increased Workers’ Compensation Reimbursement Rates (for firefighters only)
  • Pay Secrecy and Pay Transparency
  • Paid Family Leave (Study Only; Due September 2019)
  • Medical Cannabis Working Groups

The Hawaii Employers Council has published its Legislative Digest following the Governor’s Veto Deadline.  The digest can be viewed here:  2018 Employment Law Bills after Veto Deadline.

In addition, some of the labor and employment bills that died this year include the following:

  • Notice of Work Schedules
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Medical Marijuana Job Protection
  • Social Media Privacy
  • Mandatory Meal Breaks
  • Minimum Wage Increases
  • Workers’ Compensation Presumptions
Donald Trump: What His Presidency Could Mean for Labor and Employment Law

The Hawaii Employers Council recently published a brief article discussing the impact that a Trump Presidency could have on the future of labor and employment laws in the United States.  Since Donald Trump has been elected president, there has been no shortage of political pundits and legal experts surmising about what types of labor and employment initiatives we can expect to see in the upcoming years.  Some speculation has been based on statements Trump has made in the past, while others may be linked to his 100-Day Plan to Make America Great Again.  So, with the Trump Presidency just a couple of months away, what does the future hold anyway?


This article explains that although there are many unknowns about what a Trump Presidency will mean for employers, there are few things that we do know for sure.  You can read the article online here:  President Donald Trump and the Future of Labor & Employment Laws.