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End of Legislative Session Update

The 2016 legislative session has come to a quiet ending.  As part of my duties at the Hawaii Employers Council (“HEC”), I track and report on bills that may be of particular interest to companies doing business in the State of Hawaii.  I also prepare a digest of all the bills I’m tracking and a separate article that highlights a few of the more significant employment-related bills.

For this year’s session, some of the employment-related legislation that Hawaii employers should know about address the following topics:

  • Social Media Privacy
  • Workers’ Compensation Treatment Plans
  • Penalties for TDI and Workers’ Compensation Violations
  • Additional Unemployment Insurance Benefits

The HEC legislative digest provides a brief overview of these bills, as well as all the other bills I have been tracking this legislative session.  The digest can be viewed here:  Legislative Digest After Sine Die.  The highlights article contains a more detailed discussion of employment-related bills that I found to be of particular significance.  The article is available to HEC members only, and can be accessed here:  Highlights of Bills After Sine Die.

All the bills that have been passed by the legislature have been sent to the Governor for his approval or veto.  The deadline for the Governor to give notice of any vetoes is June 27, 2016.  The deadline to make the actual veto is July 12, 2016.