Second Stay-At-Home Work-From-Home Order: What’s open, What’s Not

We are one week in to the second stay-at-home work-from-home order. The order began August 27 and is currently set to end on September 9. To ensure that the order does not get extended, please do not gather with those outside of your household. Keep this in mind especially with the upcoming Labor Day weekend. […]

Throwing in the Towel: Legal Issues to Closing Your Business – Part 2

In last week’s bLAWg: Throwing in the Towel: Legal Issues to Closing Your Business – Part 1, I discussed the duties and obligations of closing a business. If you have recently decided to close your business or are looking for alternative options to closing; the below checklist should provide a basic map of what you […]

Throwing in the Towel: Legal Issues to Closing Your Business – Part 1

Are you a business owner thinking of closing your store, restaurant, or bar? You are not the only one who has thought about it. In fact, many already have. In Honolulu, walk around any neighborhood whether it is Downtown, Kalihi, Haleiwa, or Mōʻiliʻili and you will see that some businesses are gone. In some cases, […]

August is Pedestrian Safety Month: Walk Wise Tips

Every year, dozens of pedestrians are killed in Hawaii while crossing the street, walking along roadways, or traversing our sidewalks. According to the State of Hawaii Preliminary Traffic Fatalities Report, from January 1 through July 30, 2020 there were eight pedestrian fatalities.  This number is considered lower than some years, but is likely impacted by […]

What are the Consequences for Not Wearing a Mask? *COVID-19 UPDATE*

Hawaii COVID-19 Spikes Today, Hawaii reported 18 new cases of Covid-19, which is part of a two week trend of rising confirmed cases.  The rise in confirmed cases is being attributed to the “reopening” of the economy and daily activities.   Part and parcel to that is another concerning trend.  As we are emerging from our […]

Can you Charge a COVID Fee?

Can a business add additional fees and charges to a bill due to COVID-19? Yes. Consider the additional costs to build barricades, close off every other table, provide enough disinfectant, and sanitizer. Also supplying disposable personal protective equipment (PPE) for employees. Obviously, that costs money. Additionally, for those of you in the food industry you […]

Hawaii’s Headed Toward Reopening

Where is the Hawaii economy for reopening? Where can an owner get guidance to reopen? So here in Hawaii the economy is beginning to reopen. In Honolulu, hair, nail, lash, and in general beauty operators and services were allowed to re-open past Friday. In Maui, most businesses will be allowed to reopen on June 1st, […]

Business Partnerships a Seminar Recap: All is Fair in Love and War

I just wanted to recap my seminar on business partnerships from last week at the Entrepreneurs Sandbox. Entitled All is Fair in Love and War: Navigating Business Partnerships, and playing off of Valentine’s Day, my panel and I discussed the ins and outs of business partnerships. We touched upon of course my focus, business law, […]

Web Search Autocomplete Questions: Business Partnerships

Hey everyone, Happy Lunar New Year! Lunar New Year and New Seminar Yes, there’s a delay on my traditional post on laws related to the animal of the year. However, check out last year’s How Can I Hunt Boar in Hawaii? or 2018’s Can a Landlord Charge a Tenant Extra for a Dog? In the […]

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month: How Can You Help?

The Problem and Statistics to Prove It I just wanted to take this time to make you aware of a problem that we need to confront. Sex assault is a harm that not only impacts the victims, but society as a whole. Consider these sobering statistics for the United States: One in five women and […]