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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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Webinar -May 8, 2020: Business Interruption Insurance - Does It Cover Covid-19?

Hawaiian businesses are being disrupted by stay-at-home orders and social distancing requirements due to COVID-19. As a result, many businesses will seek help from their insurance companies in order to obtain business interruption insurance coverage. This may help with covering payroll, rent, profit loss and other liabilities. In order to address these issues, attorneys Ron...

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Attorney Brian Tilker quoted in Hawaii Business Magazine article regarding impact of COVID-19 outbreak on business contracts

What is a force majeure clause? According to attorney Brian Tilker at Torkildson, Katz, Hetherington, Harris & Knorek, Attorneys at Law, it's a provision included in business contracts that exempts businesses from contractual obligations for reasons pertaining to unavoidable, catastrophic circumstances. We are currently experiencing an unavoidable, catastrophic circumstance. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has had such a...

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Webinar: John Knorek speaking at COVID-19 and the New Labor Laws April 7, 2020

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was signed into federal law on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. New employment policies under the FFCRA will be effective from April 1 to December 31, 2020. These policies include: Temporary Emergency Family and Medical Leave Temporary Emergency Paid Leave Due to Reasons...

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March 24 Webinar: Vigilant Against the Virus Confident In Commerce

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has had an economic impact on Hawaii. Businesses have suffered as a result. We have also seen flights, conferences and events canceled. The Hawaii Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Vigilant Against Virus, Confident in Commerce webinar on March 24th from 12:00 - 1:00 PM. Local and national experts will...

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Happy New Year? USCIS releases new Form I-9 for Employers

On January 31, 2020, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) finally announced the release of its revised Form I-9. It will replace the form currently in use (that contained an expiration date of 8/31/2019). When that form expired in August 2019, the USCIS extended the use of it until the newest update to the Form...

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