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Register to attend the hybrid conference 29th Annual Employment Law Seminar on Friday, August 26, 2022 to hear from the legal experts on the most pressing legal issues that impact employers, and hear from keynote guest speaker U.S. Attorney Clare E. Connors during the lunch portion of the program on current topics that impact Hawaii businesses.

As the United States Attorney, Clare E. Connors is the chief federal law enforcement official in the State of Hawaii. Ms. Connors was raised in Honolulu and graduated from Punahou School.  She began her legal career with the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.  She previously served as trial attorney in the Tax Division's Western Criminal Enforcement Section, Assistant U.S. Attorney, and civil litigator and partner of the law firm Davis Levin Livingston. Ms. Connors received her J.D. in 2002 from Harvard Law School and her B.A. in 1996 from Yale College.

Conference Schedule:

7:30 - 8:30 AM: Registration, Breakfast and Exhibitor Tables

8:30 - 9:00 AM: Welcome and Legislative Update 

9:00 - 10:00 AM: Group Session #1 - Legal Compliance Issues with Hybrid Work

Learn the hidden danger of remote work and the issues of returning to the workplace including compensation, accommodation and retention.

John L. KnorekKendra K. KawaiJacob T. Tokunaga & D. Elliot Gonzales

10:00 - 10:15 AM: Break 

10:15 - 11:15 AM: Group Session #2 - Legal & Legislative Update 
What the courts and legislatures have said about discrimination in the workplace including harassment, pay disparities and defending your hiring decisions.

Jeff S. HarrisRachel K. H. MiyashiroJoseph A. Ernst & Lincoln S. Ashida

11:15 - 11:30 AM: Break

11:30 - 12:45 PM: Lunch, Keynote Address with Clare E. Connors and Exhibitor Tables

12:45 - 1:00 PM: Break

1:00 - 2:00 PM: Breakout Session #1A - Internal Affairs

The pitfalls of internal investigations and what to do to avoid costly litigation.

Joseph A. Ernst & Rachel K. H. Miyashiro

1:00 - 2:00 PM: Breakout Session #1B - Non-Compete Agreements
The remaking of non-competition, non-solicitation and arbitration agreements. Congress and the Hawaii Supreme Court set new boundaries.

Jeff S. Harris & Austin F. McCullough

2:00 - 2:15 PM: Break

2:15 - 3:15 PM: Breakout Session #2A - Performance Evaluations

Dealing with employee performance issues both in-person and virtually

Kendra K. Kawai & Jacob T. Tokunaga

2:15 - 3:15 PM: Breakout Session #2B - Union Organizing
The rapid growth of union organizing, why your business could be targeted next like Starbucks and Apple stores, and what you can do legally to stay union free.

John L. Knorek & Lincoln S. Ashida

3:15 - 3:30 PM: Break

3:30 - 4:30 PM: Breakout Session #3A 
- Immigration Law Update

Vaughn G. T. Cook & Newton J. Chu

3:30 - 4:30 PM: Breakout Session #3B - Unreasonable Accommodations
Religion, disability, pregnancy and victim status accommodations
Kendra K. Kawai & Joseph A. Ernst

4:30 - 5:30 PM: Pau Hana and Exhibitor Tables

Sheraton Waikiki
Hawaii Ballroom

2255 Kalakaua Avenue Honolulu HI, 96815

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For more information, please email Tricia Fetui. 
Click Here for Event Registration
General Admission
In-Person Ticket Options 
  • $450 YP Member 
  • $500 Chamber Member / SHRM 
  • $550 Non-Member 
  • $550 Exhibitor Table 
Virtual Ticket Options
  • $275 YP Member 
  • $325 Chamber Member / SHRM 
  • $375 Non-Member 

Sponsorships Available

  • $2,500 WIFI Sponsor 
  • $2,500 Coffee Sponsor 

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