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March 23, 2022 • News

Update: 2022 Hawaii Legislative Session

These are among the employment-related crossover biills still alive in the 2022 Hawaii Legislative Session:

HB2495 HD1: Amends HRS 378-2.2 by prohibiting an employer from entering into or requiring an employee to enter into a nondisclosure agreement pertaining to sexual harassment or sexual assault occurring in the workplace, at work-related events, between employees, or between the employer and an employee. The amendment broadens the existing statute to encompass nondisclosure agreements entered into during or following employment, and not only as a condition of employment. Effective 12/25/2040.

SB988 SD1: Establishes clear guidelines for unpaid internships under State wage and hour law.

SB2018: Increases the minimum wage for certain employees incrementally to $12.00 per hour beginning 10/1/2022, $15.00 per hour beginning 1/1/2024, and $18.00 per hour beginning 1/1/26.

SB2298 SD2: Increases the penalty for employers in violation of State wage and hours laws to a class C felony. Adds a minimum fine of $500 per violation. Effective 7/1/2050.

SB3316: Provides employees with up to 8 weeks of paid family leave during the first year after birth of the individual’s child, adoption of a child by the individual, or placement of a child with the individual through foster care, and 8 weeks of paid family leave to care for the individual’s family member with a serious health condition during any benefit year, paid through an employer-based private insurance program currently used to provide for temporary disability benefits. Effective 7/1/2050.

SB3289 SD2 HD1: Establishes the Hawaii retirement savings program, administered by the Hawaii retirement savings board, in consultation with the department of labor and industrial relations and department of budget and finance, to provide a state-facilitated payroll-deduction individual retirement savings plan to private sector employees who do not have access to employer-sponsored retirement savings plans beginning on an implementation date to be determined by the board. Requires an implementation and evaluation study, followed by an implementation strategy and timetable, prior to implementation of the program. Effective 7/1/2050.

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