Hawaii Employment Law Updates – 2018

Hawaii Employment Law Updates – 2018

July
July 6 – Gov. Ige signed a law providing for an analysis to determine if the state should adopt a paid family leave program

On July 6, 2018, Governor Ige signed Senate Bill 2990. The bill instructs the legislative reference bureau to conduce an analysis to determine the potential impact of a paid family leave program on industry, consumers, employees, employers and care givers. The intent of the analysis is to determine if the state should adopt a paid family leave program. The legislative reference bureau must complete the analysis by September 1, 2019.

The new law became effective when it was signed.
July 6 – Gov. Ige signed a law providing employers from considering wage history when making hiring decisions and prohibits employer from enforcing wage secrecy policies

On July 6, 2018, Governor Ige signed Senate Bill 2351. The bill prohibits employers from requesting or considering an applicant’s wage history as part of their application process or compensation offer. It also prohibits employers from enforcing policies that prohibit employees from discussing their own or co-workers’ wages or retaliating against employees that disclose or discuss wages.

The new law becomes effective on January 1, 2019.
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