Hawaii Affirmative Action laws & HR compliance analysis

Hawaii Affirmative Action: What you need to know

The state of Hawaii has no specific affirmative action requirements for private employers. Affirmative action laws are laws that require the employer to make proactive efforts to represent individuals from certain protected classes in the workplace at levels comparable to those for unprotected groups. Affirmative action requirements are separate and distinct from nondiscrimination laws, which prohibit discriminatory acts against protected persons, but do not mandate proactive steps in their favor. There is additional information about affirmative action.
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The Hawaii Fair Employment Practice Law and Hawaii Fair Practices for Public Employees Law prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of race, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions, breastfeeding requirements, and sexual harassment), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, color, ancestry, disability (including genetic information), marital status, or arrest and court record, assignment of income for child support obligations, and National Guard participation (HI Rev. Stat. Sec. 76-1 and HI Rev. Stat. Sec. 378-1et seq.). There is additional information on these laws.
Apprenticeship programs. Employers that operate apprenticeship programs registered with the state must take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity for apprentices, including the adoption of an affirmative action plan (HI Admin. Rules, Dept. of Labor and Industrial Relations Sec. 12-31-2).
State agencies. Hawaii promotes employment opportunities for severely handicapped individuals who possess the skills necessary to safely perform the duties ...

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