Hawaii minimum wage to increase to $10.10

by Paul Saito

The Hawaii Legislature has passed a bill that will increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, with hikes every year from 2015 to 2018. Senate Bill (SB) 2609 also will increase the state’s tip credit from 25 cents to 75 cents over the next two years. The bill will be sent to Governor Neil Abercrombie, who has supported the measure throughout the process and is expected to sign it into law.

SB 2609 will increase Hawaii’s minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour over the next four years. On January 1, 2015, the minimum wage will increase to $7.75. The rate will rise to $8.50 on January 1, 2016, and $9.25 on January 1, 2017. Finally, on January 1, 2018, the minimum wage will rise to $10.10.

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New Hawaii law imposes new pay stub, record-keeping requirements

by Paul Saito

A new law designed to help the state quickly determine whether employers are paying workers properly goes into effect January 1.

Under the new law, Hawaii employers will be required to provide employees with additional information on all pay stubs and payroll records and maintain payroll records on company premises.

During each pay period, Hawaii employers are required to provide nonexempt employees a pay stub, in either written or electronic form, that explains the hours worked and the gross and net amount of their pay. Beginning January 1, pay stubs must contain the following information: read more…

Governor signs Hawaii’s Marriage Equality Act of 2013 into law

by Paul M. Saito

Governor Neil Abercrombie has signed into law the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act of 2013, which defines marriage in Hawaii as between “individuals without regard to gender.” Hawaii is the 15th state to give same-sex couples the right to marry. The law goes into effect December 2.

A special session of the Hawaii Legislature convened on October 28 to consider same-sex marriage in the state. Senate Bill 1 proposed to define marriage in Hawaii as between “two individuals without regard to gender.” The special session employed an unusual procedure that allowed over 55 hours of public testimony from over 1,000 individuals. Over 24,000 written submittals also were considered. Both the House and the Senate approved the bill and sent it to Governor Abercrombie for his signature.

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New Hawaii Law Protects Domestic, Sexual Violence Victims from Discrimination

December 15, 2011 - by: HR Hero 1 COMMENTS

By David Banks

Hawaii’s Act 206, which provides employment protections for victims of domestic and sexual violence, becomes effective January 1, 2012. Hawaii is one of only five states to enact a law protecting victims of domestic and sexual violence. Among other things, the Act:

  • prohibits discrimination on the basis of domestic or sexual violence victim status under H.R.S. Section 378-2;
  • requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for employees who are victims of domestic or sexual violence under H.R.S. Chapter 378, part VI; and
  • provides that an employer won’t be required to make the reasonable accommodation of providing flexible hours if doing so causes an undue hardship to business operations.

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Hawaii: House of Blues After Democrat Sweep

November 04, 2010 - by: HR Hero Alerts 0 COMMENTS

by David Banks, Cades Schutte LLP

In Hawaii, Democrats swept their three congressional races while also returning a Democrat to the gubernatorial seat. Neil Abercrombie, the 10-term U.S. representative for the state’s First Congressional District, replaced two-term Republican Governor Linda Lingle.

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Hawaiian Airlines Responds to Pilots Union Media Campaign

June 04, 2009 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

The Air Line Pilots Association International (ALPA) and Hawaiian Airlines have been negotiating toward a new pilots’ contract for approximately two years. Recently, ALPA has engaged in an extensive media campaign alleging that Hawaiian Airlines hasn’t made up for past wage cuts during the period the company was in bankruptcy several years ago.

Contrary to ALPA’s rhetoric in the media and to the rest of the airline industry, Hawaiian pilots didn’t take wage cuts in 2003 or when the airline was in bankruptcy in 2005. According to a company spokesperson, the pilots didn’t lose their pension benefits, either: Senior pilots retained full pension benefits while junior ones kept past accruals and now participate in the richest defined contribution plan in the airline industry.

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