Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
July 20, 2016

In this July 20, 2016 edition:

President's Message
Buy Local, It Matters to Your Health & Hawaii's Economy
MAC Hosts Second Quarterly Briefing
Early-Bird Pricing for Employment Law Seminar Closes July 25
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President's Message

Aloha Chamber members:

Today, the State of Hawaii lost one of our finest public servants, Representative Mark Takai.
I had the honor of knowing Representative Takai and am proud to have called him a friend. I met him ten years ago, when I started with the Chamber’s Government Affairs Department. He was one of the first lawmakers that I met and got to know well. I still remember our first meeting at Art’s Hideway like it was yesterday. We talked about sports, family and careers in public service. Because I was new to advocacy work, he graciously shared his advice on navigating the legislative process, connected me with others and always checked-in to see how I was doing. Mark was passionate, genuine, outgoing and a people person.
At our Hawaii on the Hill Welcome Reception in Washington D.C. this past June, we had the opportunity to present a Certificate of Appreciation to Representative Takai through his Deputy Chief of Staff for all that he has done to support the business community and our state.
On behalf of the Chamber ohana, we extend our sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Sami, children Matt and Kaila, his parents and everyone who was touched by Mark. He has certainly left a permanent footprint of positive change and a proud legacy as part our state’s history. We will miss you, Representative Takai.

Laulima & mahalo,
Sherry Menor-McNamara

President & CEO

Buy Local, It Matters to Your Health and Hawaii's Economy

For Hawaii, buying local food includes a variety of health and economic benefits. The positive effects on Hawaii’s economy of buying local produce and products are often understated or overlooked.
Throughout the course of a year, local residents spend over $3 billion on food expenditures. According to the Department of Business Economic Development & Tourism, roughly 85-90 percent of Hawaii’s foods are imported. Based on these statistics, alone, buying locally grown or made goods has significant potential to grow Hawaii’s economy. 

With agriculture still an important sector of our local economy, the Chamber supports the Hawaii Department of Agriculture’s (HDOA) Buy Local, It Matters initiative to encourage residents to support Hawaii farmers by making conscious decisions to purchase locally grown products.
Click here for more information about Buy Local, It Matters.

MAC Hosts Second Quarterly Briefing

On July 14, the Chamber’s Military Affairs Council (MAC) hosted its second Quarterly Briefing of the year. The featured speaker was Rich Ledgett, Jr., Deputy Director of the National Security Agency (NSA), who discussed cybersecurity threats and how the U.S. military is developing offensive and defensive capabilities to address such threats.
The audience consisted primarily of business leaders and other representatives from the security sector, banking industry, government, healthcare and utility companies who attended to get a better sense about advancing threats by foreign actors, as well as current authorities that the NSA is able to utilize to thwart terrorist attacks.
Militarily, Hawaii is the only place in the world where the U.S. has a combatant command, U.S. PACOM, that is collocated with its components (e.g. USARPAC, PACFLT, PACAF, MARFORPAC and SOCPAC). As such, Hawaii’s infrastructure, which the DoD is dependent upon, is a potential target for cyber attack.
Cybersecurity and critical infrastructure will continue to be a MAC priority for the foreseeable future with future events on this important issue. Mahalo to Mr. Ledgett and Captain Cliff Bean for participating in this event.

Click here to learn more about the Military Affairs Council (MAC) and MAC members.

Early-Bird Pricing for Employment Law Seminar Closes July 25

Early-bird pricing for our August 18th Employment Law Seminar, hosted by Torkidlson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington and Harris, ends next Monday, July 25. 

This full-day seminar will cover everything you need to know about personnel and employment trends, including updates on court rulings with sessions covering the following issues:

  • At Will & Discrimination Claims
  • Complex Leave Issues
  • Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace
  • Hiring Issues: non-competes, non-solicitation, confidentiality agreements & background checks
  • Firing Issues: wages, checklists & release agreements
  • Immigration Rules & I-9 Compliance
  • Wage and Hour Update: new salary basis test, joint employer liability & Office of Federal Contract Compliance Update
  • Social Media Policies & the National Labor Relations Board
  • Must-Have Policies for Employee Handbooks
  • Retaliation and Whistleblower Law Updates
  • Managing Internal & External Investigations of Workplace Misconduct
Attendees are eligible for 6 HR re-certification credit hours and will receive complimentary online access and a printed edition of the newly revised 2016-17 Chamber Desk Manual: Labor & Employment Law for Hawaii Employers.

Early-bird pricing is $450 for Chamber, Young Professionals and SHRM members. $550 for non-members. Click here for full agenda and to register. 

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