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Dear Hawaii Small Business Owner I reach out to you on this post as …

A Small Law Firm Owner that Has Legislative Experience and Works with Businesses

I am letting you know that the Hawaii legislature has a number of minimum wage bills introduced this legislative session (2019). I am an owner and Managing Partner of a small law firm here in Honolulu, and of course any legislation that may impact my operations and my clients then I do have concerns. It is not only as business attorney, but as an owner as well. Additionally, I spent 4 legislative sessions as a legislative aide, committee clerk, and then attorney for the Hawaii House Labor, and then the Judiciary Committees. So therefore, I am in a unique position to share my concern via legalese, but also educate others as to the legislative process.

The Hearing Information and the Minimum Wage Bills

Having communicated that, I share the following:

  • The Hawaii Senate Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts has scheduled a hearing. It is on Thursday, January 31 at 3:00 p.m. The following bills related to minimum wage are being heard: (A) SB 789; and (B) SB 1248. These two bills, as currently drafted, would: (A) increase the minimum wage to $12.00 per hour beginning 1/1/2022; and (B) provide an income tax credit for qualifying small businesses to offset the increase in the minimum hourly rate that employers must pay employees, and increase the minimum wage rate each year from 2020 through 2024.
  • Here is the Hearing Notice.

Note that the submitting of testimony for the hearing of bills may impact some legislators’ decisions on how to vote or recommend changes to a piece of legislation. As a constituency, Hawaii small business owners should be heard on matters that impact them. However, you have to write and submit the testimony to them to have it part of the process. Further, if you have time, then appearing in-person at the hearing may also be impactful. If you have questions on drafting and submitting testimony online, and/or testifying in person, then feel free to ask or email me at ryan@hewbordenave.com.

Thanks for reading this, now go submit some testimony and be a part of the Hawaii legislative process!

-RKH


Hey everyone,

Lots to talk about and tell you about today on this great Presidents’ Day so let’s get to it:

Hawaii Innovation Alliance, Peter Kay, and ThinkTech Radio

This is a little late notice, but I will be joining Peter Kay (of Your Computer Minute fame) on ThinkTech Radio this afternoon from 4-5 p.m. We will be discussing the emergence of the Hawaii Innovation Alliance, an association of tech industry folks interested in becoming more involved with the legislative process with regard to tech laws.

ThinkTech is on from 4-5 p.m. (M-F) on station 760 KGU AM.

Social Media Club Hawaii: Creating a Social Media Policy Event

If you remember my prior posts on Social Media Policy and want to know more join me, and fellow panelists experts at Social Media Club Hawaii’s event tomorrow night discussing how to Create a Social Media Policy.  It is free and being hosted at the Amuse Wine Bar in the Honolulu Design Center. It starts at 6pm and runs to 730pm. For more information on the panelists and the event click here.

Social Media and the Law at The Greenhouse Innovation Hub

Finally, if you miss out on tomorrow night, I will be having a more in-depth discussion of the legal pitfalls that small business owners and startups should worry about when it comes to social media at The Greenhouse Innovation Hub on March 7th. There are pre-sale tickets for $20.00 and the purchase price includes materials and handouts for that evening. For more information click here.

Hope you can check one of these things out. See you IRL or in cyberspace!

-RKH