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John Knorek will be speaking at Labor Laws and Security Guards Seminar - February 20, 2020

Have you ever wondered if annual raises are mandatory or what steps the Board of Directors takes to monitor the performance of employees? Attorney John Knorek at Torkildson, Katz, Hetherington, Harris & Knorek, Attorneys at Law will be answering these questions at the Labor Laws and Security Guards seminar on February 20, 2020. He will review...

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Webinar: Impact on Employer Handbook Policies and Strategies to Remain Union Free - February 6th, 2020 with John Knorek

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ushered in the new year by issuing employer-friendly decisions and rules that primarily impact unionized employers. These include: Cutting off dues deductions after an agreement is terminated Clarifying when an employer may take unilateral action Other decisions made by the NLRB, however, affect nonunion employers as well. This may encourage employers to revise...

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University of Hawaii Names Torkildson Director Newton Chu Co-Chair of Search Advisory Committee

The Search Advisory Committee at the University of Hawaiʻi has been selected and is currently searching for the next director of the Institute for Astronomy to be named and/or in place by fall 2020. Newton J. Chu, Director of the Hawaii Island office for Torkildson, Katz, Hetherington, Harris & Knorek, Attorneys at Law, was named co-chair of...

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Attorney Brian W. Tilker Represents Client in Honokōwai Shoreline Access Settlement

In June 2019, a settlement was reached between shoreline protection group Nā Papaʻi Wawae ʻUlaʻula and the owners’ associations of two beach-side condominium properties to restore public beach access in Honokōwai, Maui Now reports. Initially, conflicts surrounding shoreline access, as well as limited access, spurred members of the community to take legal action in Environmental...

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Employment Law Developments to be Discussed at Chamber of Commerce Hawaii Seminar on August 27

Employment law is often changing and complex. It’s critical that employers stay up to date on new legal developments in order to avoid liability. 26th Annual Employment Law Seminar Attorneys from Torkildson Katz Hetherington Harris Knorek will present new information on employment law developments, as well as often-overlooked human resource trends. The event takes place...

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Attorneys to Speak on Employee Discipline at SHRM Session - February 20, 2019

Employee discipline is a complex and often contentious subject. Employers who do not abide by sound legal principles can find themselves exposed to liability. Attorneys Joseph A. Ernst and Kendra K. Kawai, both directors in the labor and employment department at Torkildson, Katz, Hetherington, Harris & Knorek, Attorneys at Law, bring a legal perspective to...

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In Memoriam: Ernest C. “Cary” Moore III

With great sorrow, we say goodbye to Ernest C. “Cary” Moore III, an incredible attorney, leader, mentor, and friend who leaves a lasting legacy at our firm. Cary was born and raised in Hawaii.  He first attended Hawaii Preparatory Academy and went on to earn a B.A. at Dartmouth College and a J.D. at Southern...

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Attorney Ron Heller Interviewed On ThinkTech Hawaii

Attorney Ron Heller, a Director at our firm, was recently interviewed for ThinkTech Hawaii’s State of Clean Energy series. A top Hawaii tax attorney, Director Heller discusses the Tax Appeal by Kaheawa Wind against the County of Maui. The case centers on the County’s attempt to treat wind turbines as real property, even though longstanding...

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Hawaii Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Torkildson Client

On October 30, 2018, the Hawaii Supreme Court issued a decision in support of the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (“TMT”) atop Maunakea – a telescope that would be the largest in the Northern Hemisphere. The TMT project had been in limbo for years. In 2014, protestors broke up a groundbreaking ceremony and blockaded...

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Attorney John Knorek Interviewed On ThinkTech Hawaii

Attorney John Knorek, a Director at our firm, was recently interviewed for ThinkTech Hawaii’s Condo Insider series. A top Hawaii labor and employment law attorney, Director Knorek discusses new laws relating to wages and employee speech rights in the workplace. Specifically, he breaks down what employers, including condo associations, can and cannot ask applicants about...

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