Category: Employment Law

In Gabriel v. Island Pacific Academy, Inc., the Hawai‘i Supreme Court recently refused to enforce an arbitration clause in an employment agreement, where the chosen arbitrator’s standard operating procedures would have required the employee to pay half the arbitration costs up front in order to arbitrate any dispute. Continue Reading
By Scott Prange[i] President Trump is on an ostensible quest to “Make America Great Again!” And, as President Trump’s chief strategist declared recently, part of the strategy to do so is to “deconstruct the administrative state” to free our nation’s businesses from “burdensome regulations.” President Trump’s hackneyed slogan might as well be “Make American Workplaces Great Again!” As President Trump proclaimed when he nominated the new Secretary of the Department of Labor, we will “save businesses from the crushing burdens of unnecessary regulations that are stunting job growth and suppressing wages.” So, what has President Trump accomplished so far, and what can be expected going forward? Here is what Hawai‘i employers need to know for strategic compliance. Continue Reading
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser recently noted “Hawaii’s Hepatitis A outbreak . . . is the worst in the country since 2003.”  As of September 6, 2016, the State of Hawai’i Department of Health (“DOH”) has confirmed 241 cases of Hepatitis A across the state.. On August 8th, our… Continue Reading
As of August 3, 2016, the State of Hawai’i Department of Health (“DOH”) has confirmed 135 cases of Hepatitis A across the Hawaiian Islands, including seven food service workers, in the largest outbreak in decades. Although the DOH has yet to identify the source of the outbreak and the… Continue Reading
Tick tock, tick tock: Time is running out!  In May, the United States Department of Labor (the “DOL”) issued a Final Rule, modernizing the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), doubling the threshold at which employees are “exempt” from overtime pay, making nearly five million currently “exempt” employees “non-exempt” and eligible… Continue Reading
“There are only two categories of companies affected by trade-secret theft: those that know they’ve been compromised and those that don’t know yet.” – Eric Holder, former U.S. Attorney General In May, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (the “DTSA”). The DTSA creates a federal uniform standard, permitting… Continue Reading