Hawaii Employee Handbooks laws & HR compliance analysis

Hawaii Employee Handbooks: What you need to know

Employee handbooks should be drafted according to the particular needs of each individual workplace and according to the requirements of state and federal law. Employers should try to develop policies and procedures that reflect the company's size, employee needs, and company philosophy. Employers should have an attorney familiar with state labor and employment laws review their handbooks for legal accuracy and timeliness. Outdated or erroneous policies can be as dangerous as having no policies at all.
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Employers should exercise caution when developing handbooks and related policy statements. To avoid implied contract claims, employers should issue only general statements of policy in employee handbooks and should always include an explicit statement reserving the right to alter, amend, or change any handbook policy at any time and for any reason. .
Hawaii is an “employment-at-will” state. Therefore, an employer may generally terminate an employment relationship at any time and for any reason unless a collective bargaining agreement, employment contract, existing law, or recognized public policy provides otherwise.
Despite a strong presumption in favor of the at-will standard, however, the Hawaii courts have held that specific statements contained in an employee handbook or policy manual may create an employment contract.
More specifically, a handbook's policies may result in the formation of an implied contract if an employee is induced to rely on the statements and not seek other employment. For example, an employer's handbook that assured employees that specific steps would be taken before an employee was discharged created grounds for an enforceable contract claim after a ...

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Hawaii Employee Handbooks Resources

Type Title
Checklists Employee Handbook Checklist
Policies Employment at Will—Handbook Receipt
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