e-Voice of Business July 10, 2019

President’s Message

Aloha Chamber members,

Mandates and regulations have an impact on the cost of doing business and workplace environment, and as the regulatory process constantly evolves, it’s important to stay up-to-date on employment laws.
Our annual Employment Law Seminar provides HR and other professionals an excellent means of keeping abreast on the latest in this area. This year’s seminar is on August 27 and attendees can anticipate a full-day of sessions related to recent significant employment law developments. Presenters from Chamber Investors’ Circlemember and partner on this seminar, Torkildson, Katz, Hetherington, Harris, Knorek Attorneys at Law, have extensive first-hand experience and knowledge on some of the most pressing legal issues that impact employers.

A must-attend event of the year where attendees will benefit from in-depth presentations on human resource-related trends that are often overlooked.
Topics include:

  • Managing Leave Laws and Curbing Abuse
  • Gender Discrimination in the Workplace
  • Best Practices for Hiring
  • How to Manage Employees with Mental Illness Issues and Intermittent Leave Requests
  • Got the Munchies? The Current Status of Medical Marijuana And Other Drugs in the Workplace
  • Wage and Hour Updates – How to Avoid Potential Pitfalls
  • Immigration Update – Hawaii Employers Under Continued Attack

Space is filling up! Hope to see you there.

Laulima & mahalo,

Sherry Menor-McNamara
President & CEO

Many hands working together in collaboration and striving for a common goal.

Advocating for Business

Governor Ige Vetoes 18 Bills

Yesterday, July 9th, was the deadline for Governor Ige to veto or sign any remaining bills into law from the 2019 Legislative session. As we’ve mentioned in previous updates, the Governor listed 20 bills on his intent to veto list.
Of those 20 bills, the governor vetoed 18 of them. The bills that were included in the governor’s veto list include SB301, the REITs tax bill; SB1292, a bill to tax short-term vacation rentals; and HB748, the civil asset forfeiture reform bill. The two bills that were not vetoed by the governor will now become law without his signature. These bills were SB33, a bill to increase the annual cap for film and digital media, and SB551, a bill clarifying that condominium association scan conduct nonjudicial foreclosures.
All of the governor’s vetoes are final as it was also announced last week that the Legislature would not reconvene for a special session to override any of the governor’s vetoes.

Supporting our Military

Marine Corps Base Hawaii Participates in Kailua Independence Day Parade

U.S. Marines from the Marine Corps Base Hawaii marched in the annual Kailua Independence Day Parade. The event, sponsored by the Kailua Chamber of Commerce, brings together thousands of Hawaii residents.

Building our Membership

Join Us for Business After Hours at the Mighty Mo

Welcome aboard the Mighty Mo! Join the Chamber and Hawaii’s business community for our #BusinessAfterHoursprivate event on the Battleship Missouri, one of the greatest battleships of all time, to network with Hawaii’s business leaders.
Enjoy a 45-minute guided tour of the Bow, Surrender Deck, Captain’s Cabin, Kamikaze Attack Site, and Officer’s Ward Room, including delicious food and beverages provided by Gordon Biersch.  

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