New Labor Laws Hawaii Employers Need to Know for 2020

Employment and labor laws evolve every year and with that comes added compliance for Hawaii employers. As 2020 kicks off, here is a quick breakdown of the new labor laws your human resources team needs to know.

New Hawaii Employment Laws

  • Stepped up enforcement of Hawaii Wage and Hour Law
  • Employee time off to vote is repealed
  • Reproductive health decisions now a protected class

New Federal Employment Laws

  • EEOC drops pay data reporting requirement for EEO-1 survey
  • Federal overtime salary threshold raised under Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • 401(k) contribution limits rise in 2020

Laws with Impact for Hawaii Businesses

Though not directly related to employment, there are a few Hawaii laws going into effect in 2020 that may have spillover effects for human resources
in the near future.

  • Gender X added as an option on Hawaii driver’s licenses
  • Hawaii decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana

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Threshold Increase For Exempt Employees

The U.S. Department of Labor increased the salary thresholds necessary to exempt employees from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime pay requirements, and allows employers to count a portion of certain bonuses/commissions towards meeting the salary level.  Effective January 1, 2020, the new “salary level” increased to $684 per week (equivalent to $35,568 per year for a full-year worker); and for “highly compensated employees” to $107,432 per year.  Employers should carefully evaluate any exempt position that falls below these new thresholds to determine whether to increase the salary to remain exempt or to begin paying overtime January 1, 2020.


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