07/17/20 Hawaii unemployment rate improves to 13.9%
07/01/20 City extends emergency order mandating face masks, safety protocols (Hawaii News Now)
06/17/20 Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell adds $25M to small-business grant program (Star Advertiser)
06/12/20 State Announces Revised Unemployment Insurance Information (DOL)
06/05/20 Gyms, theaters and bars among many businesses on Oahu allowed to reopen (Star Advertiser)
06/04/20 Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell signs bills to help with economic recovery (Star Advertiser)
05/28/20 Lt. Gov. Green says Hawaii slow to reopen parts of economy (Star Advertiser)
05/27/20 List: Here’s what’s on track to reopen across Hawaii
(Hawaii News Now)
05/12/20 Lawmakers return to Capitol to make budget fixes and avoid furloughs Star Advertiser
04/30/20 Governor announces reopening of economy in phases (Star Advertiser)
04/29/20 More fixes to Hawaii unemployment system coming soon (Star Advertiser)
04/28/20 Hawaii is expected to see $7 billion or more in federal support (Star Advertiser)
04/24/20 Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell outlines plan to reopen Hawaii businesses
04/23/20 Hawaii is well-positioned to relax restrictions, says state health director Bruce Anderson
04/21/20 Stay-At-Home, Work-From-Home Order for City and County of Honolulu Extended until May 31
04/20/20 Save Small Business Fund: Helping small employers with $5,000 grants
(Chamber of Commerce)
04/20/20 Help is coming to ease Hawaii’s severe unemployment claim backlog
(Hawaii News Now)
04/15/20 Virtual Interview on COVID-19: Barron Guss, CEO ALTRES and simplicityHR
04/15/20 State launches new online portal for tracking unemployment claims
(Hawaii News Now)
04/07/20 Unemployment office launches new call center to speed up processing of claims (Hawaii News Now)
04/06/20 Hawaii Banks Start Rolling out Relief to Small Firms (Honolulu Civil Beat)
4/03/20 Oahu residents urged to wear masks outside after Hawaii marks its second coronavirus death (Star Advertiser)
4/3/20 Hawaii payroll expert’s input to federal coronavirus aid will help employers stay afloat
(Pacific Business News)
3/31/20 State’s expanded, mandatory quarantine for inter-island travelers goes into effect
3/30/20 Gov. David Ige announces 14-day quarantine for interisland travelers in April, except for essential workers
3/28/20 COVID-19 Relief Programs For Customers and Business Owners (Central Pacific Bank)
3/28/20 $1M fund to help Maui’s local businesses
3/20/20 Kaiser Permanente Temporary Care Delivery Changes due to COVID-19 (Kaiser Permanente – PDF)
Important information for Kaiser Permanente members regarding their services.
3/18/20 Bank of Hawaii Providing Assistance Programs In Response to COVID-19 Impacts
Bank of Hawaii has initiated two financial assistance programs to help Bank of Hawaii loan customers facing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.
07/01/20 Trump signs PPP extension (The Hill)
06/04/20 Good news for small businesses as Senate passes PPP reform bill (CNBC)
04/20/20 Trump says he’s close to a deal with Congress on virus aid
04/17/20 Opening Up America Again
(The White House)
04/09/20 SBA’s $10,000 disaster loans come with new caveats (MSN)
3/26/20 How to get health insurance if you’re worried about coronavirus or have lost your job
3/26/20 Secretary DeVos Directs FSA to Stop Wage Garnishment, Collections Actions for Student Loan Borrowers, Will Refund More Than $1.8 Billion to Students, Families (US Department of Education)
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today that, due to the COVID-19 national emergency, the Department will halt collection actions and wage garnishments to provide additional assistance to borrowers. This flexibility will last for a period of at least 60 days from March 13, 2020.
3/25/20 IRS unveils new People First Initiative; COVID-19 effort temporarily adjusts, suspends key compliance program (IRS.gov)
IRS extends tax deadlines and takes unprecedented actions to ease the burden on people facing tax issues
3/20/20 SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
Hawai‘i small businesses suffering financial losses due to the impact of COVID-19 can now file for low-interest working capital loans of up to $2 million from the Small Business Administration (SBA).
3/20/20 Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave (IRS.gov)
IRS announces two new refundable payroll tax credits providing Coronavirus-related relief.
3/20/20 Income tax filing deadline moved to July 15 from April 15 (Honolulu Star Advertiser)
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the Trump administration has decided to push the income tax filing date to July 15 from April 15.
3/18/20 Trump Signs Coronavirus Relief Bill with Paid-Leave Mandate (SHRM.org)
Summary of HR-6201 by the Society of Human Resources Management.
3/18/20 OSHA Offers Employers ‘Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19’ (National Law Review)
An employer’s failure to develop and implement measures identified in the guidance may constitute a health and safety violation.
3/18/20 What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19 (EEOC)
Updated pandemic preparedness in the workplace guidance includes answers to common employer questions about what to do after a pandemic has been declared, specific to COVID-19.