Hawaii Commuting laws & HR compliance analysis

Hawaii Commuting: What you need to know

Hawaii has no statute requiring employers to implement ridesharing programs in order to reduce employee commuting miles, but the state encourages employers to promote ridesharing through incentives, flexible work schedules, and providing commuting alternatives for employees.
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The state legislature has adopted a statutory policy of encouraging ridesharing to and from work, citing it as an effective way to alleviate the state's problems of air pollution, fuel consumption, traffic congestion, and road maintenance costs. Hawaiian law defines “ridesharing” as the transportation of two or more people in a motor vehicle where the transportation is incidental to another purpose of the driver (HI Rev. Stat. Sec. 279G-1 through Sec. 279G-4).
Neither public nor private employers are liable for injuries suffered in a ridesharing accident simply because the employer has encouraged employees to participate, or provided information or incentives for participation, unless the employer owns, leases, or hires the motor vehicle.
The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) is responsible for developing and promoting ridesharing programs. The HDOT has a rideshare Web center at http://hidot.hawaii.gov.
Carpools. The HDOT will match a commuter with carpools. To access a carpool matching form, go tohttp://hidot.hawaii.gov.
Commuter bus services. "TheBus," a program of Oahu Transit Services, provides fixed route service on 93 routes on Oahu. Go to http://www.thebus.org, or call 808-848-4500. For a list of commuter bus services available on the Hawaiian Islands, go to http://www.apta.com.
Commuting by air. Many workers in Hawaii commute interisland by air. The HDOT has an air ...

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