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January 2021 Labor Blog; Recent NLRB Decisions

Medic Ambulance Service, Inc., 370 NLRB No. 65 (January 4, 2021) The Board unanimously found the employer violated Section 8(a)(1) by maintaining rules prohibiting conducting personal business on company time or property and soliciting or distributing literature during working hours.  However, in a 2-1 split with Member McFerran dissenting, the Board found the employer did...

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December 2020 Labor Blog; Recent NLRB Decisions

Nestle USA, Inc., 18-CA-231008 (Dec. 7, 2020) Under the Wright Line standard, the employer violated Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) by discharging an employee after that employee reported and complained about harassment by a line supervisor.  The employee engaged in protected concerted activity by bringing a group complaint about a line...

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COVID-19 Resource Library

Most Hawaii businesses and employers are feeling the economic impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Several businesses throughout Hawaii have had to shut their doors during the economic crunch. In addition, jobless claims and workers in need of sick leave are expected to rise drastically in the coming weeks. It's critical that businesses and employers...

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27th Annual Employment Law Seminar to be held on September 11, 2020

On September 11, 2020, Torkildson, Katz, Hetherington, Harris & Knorek, Attorneys at Law will be presenting the 27th Annual Employment Law Seminar remotely. This seminar will cover up-to-date laws that impact employers, including those pertaining to COVID-19, ADA and immigration. Those who wish to attend this seminar can do so from the safety and convenience of...

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John Knorek speaking at HR Management Webinar June 3-4, 2020

The Society Human Resource Management Hawaii chapter is proud to present HR Basics — a webinar featuring John Knorek at Torkildson, Katz, Hetherington, Harris & Knorek, Attorneys at Law! This is a great class for those new to HR (human resources), small business owners, or those HR professionals who are seeking a more well-rounded understanding of HR outside...

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John Knorek speaking at COVID-19 Webinar: Getting Back to Business, Safely - May 14, 2020

Hawaii will begin slowly lifting the restrictions placed on businesses due to COVID-19. Businesses must know what to expect when re-opening and implementing the new business model. Attorney John Knorek at Torkildson, Katz, Hetherington, Harris & Knorek, Attorneys at Law will be discussing planning for return-to-work from an employer's perspective at the Getting Back to Business, Safely....

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WEBINAR: Covid-19 Law and Reality: What We've Learned So Far - May 5, 2020

As more legislation continues to be passed by lawmakers, employers and human resources professionals are faced with constantly changing challenges related to COVID-19. It's critical that employers and HR professionals stay up to date on new laws and learn how to implement them in the workplace. Attorney John Knorek will be speaking at a webinar...

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WEBINAR: May 4, 2020 - New Developments in I-9 Compliance in a Remote Workplace World

On March 20, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced flexibility in complying with requirements related to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, due to COVID-19. At a webinar scheduled for May 4, attorney Newton John Chu will discuss how employers with remote employees may obtain, remotely inspect, and retain copies of...

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Presidential Proclamation on April 22, 2020 Regarding Suspension of Entry of Immigrants

Memorandum By: Vaughn G. T. Cook and Newton J. Chu On April 22, 2020, President Donald Trump issued a proclamation entitled “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak” (“Proclamation”). The Proclamation is effective beginning Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 11:59 PM...

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April 22, 2020 Labor Blog; Christine K. D. Belcaid NLRB COVID-19 Update

NLRB Postpones Implementation of Rule Revamping Union Election Procedures On April 1, 2020, the NLRB published a final rule making amendments to its rules and regulations governing union election procedures. Below is a description of the amendments to the election rules: Changes to Blocking Charge Policy A major criticism of the current election rules has...

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