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Family Leave to Include Coverage for Care of Sibling

On July 10, 2017, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed legislation (H.B. 213) permitting an employee to take family leave to care for his or her sibling with a serious health condition. The notice and certification requirements were also updated to reflect the additional coverage of siblings under the state’s family leave law.

The law became effective July 10, 2017.

Read HI H.B. 213

Occupational Safety and Health Penalties

On July 10, 2017, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed legislation (H.B. 1114) increasing fines for Hawaii occupational and safety violations pursuant to the federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvement Act.

The law is effective January 1, 2018.

Read HI H.B. 1114

Workers’ Compensation and Order of Wage Payment Violation

On July 10, 2017, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed legislation (H.B. 208) providing for the enforcement of stop-work orders for an employer who has not secured compensation coverage for employees. The law also authorizes the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to issue an order of wage payment violation to an employer in violation of the wage payment law, and establishes penalties, enforcement, and appeal procedures related to such an order.

The law became effective July 10, 2017.

Read HI H.B. 208

Employee Screening Exceptions

On July 3, 2017, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed legislation (H.B. 1130) authorizing the Hawaii Department of Public Safety to administer lie detector and psychological tests to determine the suitability of candidates for corrections employment. Alternatively, private Hawaii employers may not require employees or prospective employees to submit to a lie detector test as a condition of employment or continued employment.

The law took effect July 3, 2017.

Read HI H.B. 1130