Employer Liability: Hawaii
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: Susan Borowski
- The Hawaii Employment Relations Act lists actions that are considered unfair labor practices for private employers under the state law. See Unfair Labor Practices.
- Employers may be liable for reinstatement, backpay, and civil penalties for committing unfair labor practices. See Penalties for Unfair Labor Practices.
- There are separate penalties for resisting or interfering with a member of the Hawaii Labor Relations Board. See Penalties for Unfair Labor Practices.
- There are penalties for employers that engage in unlawful conduct during a strike. See Unlawful Conduct Relative to Strikes.
- The Hawaii Public Employment Relations Act outlines unfair labor practices for public employers and penalties for interfering with agents of the Hawaii Labor Relations Board. See Public Employers.
- Both private and public employees enjoy whistleblower protection under state law, which includes protection when reporting violations of labor laws. See Whistleblower Protection.
- Reinstatement of employees with backpay, fines up to $5,000, and other remedies face employers that violate the state whistleblower statute. See Whistleblower Penalties.