The 2014 Legislative Session begins on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 and runs through May 1, 2014. This year, the legislature will likely address several labor and employment law bills that could have a significant impact on companies doing business in Hawaii. Some of those bills include those affecting the following areas of law:
- Minimum Wage
- Prevailing Wage Violations for Public Works Projects
- Successor Employers and Employee Retention
- Paycheck Withholding Requirements
- Independent Medical Examinations for WC Cases
- Social Media Privacy
- Meal Breaks
- Sick and Safe Leave
- Organ Donor Leave
- Family School Leave
- Discrimination Against Unemployed Individuals
- GET Increase
I recently conducted a webinar for HEC members discussing each of these bills and what they could mean for employers. During the webinar, I (a) discussed the proposed changes or additions to Hawaii’s laws and (b) shared my thoughts on the impact that each of these proposed bills could have on companies doing business in Hawaii. (HEC members can contact me for a copy of the handouts.)
In addition, I was also recently interviewed by the Pacific Business News (“PBN”) on some of the bills we anticipate will be heard during the 2014 legislative session, and their write-up ended up being the cover story for today’s edition of the PBN. In addition to discussing employment law bills, the PBN article also discussed bills related to other issues affecting Hawaii employers. PBN subscribers can access the article here: Major Business Issues Facing the State Legislature in 2014.
On a final note: To anybody who goes to the Capitol during session, if you see me there (and I will be there often), please feel free to say “Hi.” Oh, and Happy New Year everybody!