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Vacationing in the Hawaiian Islands

September 23rd, 2022

The Hawaiian Islands are one of the most desired vacation destinations in the world. The Hawaiian Island chain consists of several small islands plus six major islands consisting of Maui,Guest Posting Kauai, Oahu, Lanai, Molokai, and the largest island simply named “Hawaii”… more commonly known as the Big Island. The big Island of Hawaii is about the size of Connecticut and is the youngest of the Hawaiian islands, approximately 800,000 years old.

Planning a Hawaii Vacation

When planning a Hawaii vacation, more and more travelers are choosing to stay in a privately-owned vacation rental home for both comfort and price effectiveness. However, whether you choose an ocean view hotel, oceanfront vacation home, or a cozy villa tucked away in the countryside, you’ll find your Hawaii vacation totally refreshing with a myriad of opportunities for adventure, sightseeing, discovery and relaxing. You will also find that each of the Hawaiian Islands has a unique personality. Three of Hawaii’s beaches made the top 10 list of TripAdvisor in the U.S.: Oahu (#3) Kailua Beach Park for powder white sand beach. kauai (#6) Tunnels Beach for remarkable snorkeling and outstanding views. Oahu (#10) Waimea Bay Beach Park for its calm, clear water during the summer. With that said, let these award-winning locations be a guide when planning your Hawaii vacation.

Hawaiian History

To fully appreciate Hawaii and its heritage, travelers are encouraged to learn a little about Hawaii’s history prior to (or during) their Hawaii vacation.

In 1778, Captain James Cook landed on the island called Kauai at Waimea Bay. He named the archipelago the “Sandwich Islands” in honor of the Earl of Sandwich. Captain Cook was the man responsible for opening the doors to the west. Sadly, he was killed only a year later in Kealakekua Bay on Hawaii’s Big Island.

Hawaii (as a state) was admitted to the Union on Aug 21st, 1959, making it the 50th state of the United States of America. This group of islands was formed from past and current volcanic activity. Current volcanic activity can be found on the Big Island of Hawaii, while all volcanic activity on all the other Hawaiian Islands has been dormant for thousands of years.

At about 1,860 miles (3,000 km) from the nearest continent, the Hawaiian Island archipelago is the most isolated grouping of islands on the planet. The entire Hawaiian archipelago chain is 1,500 miles long with the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands disappearing beneath the ocean’s surface due to millions of years of erosion.

Hawaii Employers Limited in Requiring Notice Under FMLA

March 15th, 2022

The Hawaii Family Leave Law (“HFLL”) regulations make clear that HFLL incorporates federal definitions and interpretation of leave law under the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), unless federal law is less favorable to the employee.

Generally, FMLA applies to all private employers who have 50 or more employees for each working day of 20 or more (not necessarily consecutive) calendar workweeks in the current or preceding calendar year. FMLA requires covered employers to allow eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for the birth or adoption of a child, to care for a child, parent, or spouse who suffers from a “serious health condition,” if the employee’s own serious health condition makes them unable to perform one or more essential functions of the job, or for certain qualifying exigencies. An eligible employee under FMLA has been employed by the employer for 12 months and has worked 1,250 hours during the preceding 12 months.

Under HFLL, employers with more than 100 employees (determined in a manner similar to FMLA) must comply with both FMLA and HFLL. Generally, HFLL does not cover eligible employees that take leave for their own serious health condition, but only leave taken for an employee’s in-laws, grandparents and reciprocal beneficiaries. HFLL provides only four weeks of leave instead of FMLA’s 12 weeks. An employee eligible for leave under HFLL need only to have been employed for six months for the covered employer, regardless of the number of hours worked.

Hawaii employers covered by both federal and state law must understand the differences in the two sets of laws, including the position taken by the federal DOL that, “where an employer’s usual and customary notice and procedural requirements for requesting leave are consistent with what is practicable given the particular circumstances of the employee’s need for leave, the employer’s notice requirements can be enforced.” In addition, the current position of the Deparment is that the “flat two-day rule” under the previous regulations has been rescinded.

Thus, the determination of the adequacy of an employee’s notice is driven by the individual facts and circumstances, rather than an arbitrary two-day timeframe. The regulation itself also recognizes employers’ ability to enforce reasonable call-in policies. “Where an employee does not comply with the employer’s usual notice and procedural requirements, and no unusual circumstances justify the failure to comply, FMLA-protected leave may be delayed or denied” so long as the employer does not delay or deny leave where the employee provides timely notice as set by the regulation.

In theory the employer is permitted to better plan for staffing and operational needs by requiring an employee eligible for protected leave to comply with notice procedures. Employees will be encouraged to comply with notice requirements knowing that the failure to do so could result in denial of protected leave.