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Published: Aug 15, 2023

Hawaii Passes Pay Transparency Law and Enhances Equal Pay Law

Hawaii Passes Pay Transparency Law and Enhances Equal Pay Law
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Update Effective: January 1, 2024

On July 3, 2023, Governor Josh Green signed a law that will require Hawaii employers with 50 or more employees to post salary ranges in job postings. These salary disclosure requirements do not apply to internal job transfers or promotions. Further, this law expands existing equal pay protections to prohibit pay discrimination based on any protected category under Hawaii law, not limited to sex. Employees can now bring claims of pay discrimination based on race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion and more.

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Published: Oct 13, 2022

Hawaii Increases Minimum Wage

Hawaii Increases Minimum Wage
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Update Effective: October 1, 2022

Effective October 1, 2022, the minimum wage in Hawaii increased to $12 per hour. The Hawaii minimum wage will increase by $2 every two years until the minimum wage reaches $18 per hour in 2028.

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Published: Oct 15, 2020

Ban-the-Box Law Amended

Ban-the-Box Law Amended
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Update Effective: September 15, 2020

Last month, Hawaii updated its ban-the-box law to further restrict employer inquiries regarding applicants’ arrest and conviction records. In addition to prohibiting pre-offer inquiries altogether, the amended law now prohibits employers at the post-offer stage from considering felony convictions outside of the most recent 7 years or misdemeanor convictions outside of 5 years, excluding any periods of incarceration. This is a decrease from the previous permissible lookback period of 10 years.

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Published: Dec 19, 2018

Hawaii Enacts Pay History Inquiry Law

Hawaii Enacts Pay History Inquiry Law
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Update Effective: January 1, 2019

As enacted earlier this year, a new law will prohibit Hawaii employers from inquiring about applicants’ salary histories during the application process. The law, effective January 1, 2019, also prohibits employers from retaliating or discriminating against employees for, or restricting employees from, the voluntary sharing of any salary information between employees.

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