2020 Legislature Passes Bills on Employment Discrimination and Family Leave

The 2020 Hawaii State Legislature passed two employment-related bills now awaiting Governor Ige’s signature to become law, including:

  • SB2193, Relating to Employment Discrimination: Limits convictions that may be used in employment decisions from all convictions in the most recent 10 years to felony convictions that occurred in the most recent seven years and misdemeanor convictions that occurred in the most recent five years.
  • HB2148, Relating to Family Leave: Extends Hawaii family leave to include care for employee’s grandchildren; and for purposes of the family leave law, defines “sibling” as a biological, adopted or foster brother or sister, or stepbrother or stepsister. Effective July 1, 2020.