simplicityHR Hawaii Employer Resource

Employment law is always changing and evolving. That's why at simplicityHR by ALTRES, we help hundreds of companies stay informed of laws related to employment as well as sharing employer news, and best practices.

  • A lot can happen in a minute. Customers are won and lost in the span of 60 seconds. Learn how to improve the effectiveness of your current employee evaluations and prepare your business for future workforce success, one minute at a time.
  • The bottom line cost of a workers’ compensation claim can be shocking with U.S. employers pay nearly $1 billion per week for direct workers’ compensation costs. Offering workers’ compensation is, of course, vital to running a legally compliant business in Hawaii, yet many companies are unsure of how best to curb costs.
  • Employee turnover is expensive, but in Hawaii especially the cost of losing talent is high, thanks to our unique talent drought and historically low unemployment rates. Employees crave personal and professional development, and if a company doesn’t invest in their career growth, they may find other companies that will.
  • Early impressions of your company are often lasting impressions, as 90 percent of new employees will decide if they will stay or leave a position within the first half-year. An effective onboarding program is one of the best tools employers have to save time and money in preventing turnover and engaging new talent.
  • Choosing to join your employees for pau hana is a classic no-brainer, right? What’s the harm in enjoying a few after-work drinks with the team? As it turns out, socializing with employees after work hours can be more complicated than you’d think.
  • As an employer, your payroll can be tailored to meet the needs of both your business and your employees. Nationally, 36.5% of payroll is processed bi-weekly, with a total of 19.8% of businesses choosing to pay their employees semi-monthly, and 11.3% of employers opting for monthly payroll.
  • Employment-related complaints accounted for nearly 88 percent of all discrimination cases received by the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission (HCRC) in 2015.
  • Employers must now comply with a new filing deadline for submitting their Form W-2s to the government.
  • Another year, another slew of updated HR rules and regulations. Is your business up to date?
  • As you may or may not have heard, U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant issued a nationwide preliminary injunction that blocks the U.S. Department of Labor’s new overtime rule, which was set to take effect on December 1, 2016.
  • On May 18th, 2016, the Department of Labor's (DOL) Wage and Hour Division issued its long-awaited Final Rule regarding “white collar” exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This rule doubles the annual salary threshold under which an employee can qualify for overtime and will go into effect on December 1, 2016. It’s prudent for Hawaii employers to not only familiarize themselves with the new legislation, but examine their employees’ current FLSA status’ and pay rates to ensure compliance.
  • The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released an updated I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form on November 14, 2016.
  • Few employees like to be reviewed, but in the workplace feedback is a necessity. Businesses are built on performance and leaders need to drive innovation in their teams to keep up with competitors. So, how do most companies try to develop high performance workforces?
  • Today’s business world is full of online distractions. Personal email, games, social media, and shopping sites are all elements that can contribute to both a plummet in workplace productivity as well as network security risks.
  • It’s important to have rules and guidelines in place for the safety and rights of both employees and the organization. Cutting corners on your employees and/or ignoring employee concerns to save costs can result in much bigger financial consequences than creating an actionable plan to meet the needs of your employees. From a loss of reputation in the community, failures in retention, to even lawsuits—neglecting your employees is arguably a shortcut to failure.
  • Since its release in July, Pokémon GO has been downloaded over 100 million times in the United States. It is the largest mobile application in history and in the next fifteen minutes alone, Pokémon GO will have been downloaded nearly 75,000 times and have grossed approximately $360,0001. If you’ve noticed your employees tapping away even more feverishly at their phones lately, chances are they’ve already jumped on the Pokémon GO bandwagon.
  • As Election Day approaches this November 8th, 2016, employers should be mindful of their responsibilities to employees who want to exercise their right to vote. Voting leave laws vary from state to state, but in Hawaii, employees are entitled to at least two hours off from work to vote, excluding lunch breaks and rest periods. Violation of the law can result in penalties, so employers would do well to read and understand their obligations in this matter.
  • Olympians are a special breed – they demonstrate a strong commitment to purpose, are intrinsically motivated, and possess an unwavering attitude to win. The same can be said about great leaders.
  • The cost of doing business is steep, but it might be even steeper than you would imagine. As an employer, failure to adhere to safety standards and procedures in the workplace doesn’t just have the potential to result in hefty HIOSH and OSHA fines or civil suits, but as a recent spate of court cases has shown—you may even be held liable for criminal charges, as well.
  • Whether you employ two workers or 200, you need to pay your staff in full and on time, no matter what. Delays can open you up to lawsuits, resignations, and worse, it can have devastating impacts on the lives of your employees.