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Legally Required Benefits: Hawaii

Legally Required Benefits requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Anna Elento-Sneed, Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing


  • Unemployment insurance is a nationwide program created to provide partial wage replacement to unemployed workers while they conduct an active search for work. Unemployment insurance is a joint federal-state program based on federal law and executed through state law. See Hawaii Unemployment Insurance.
  • Employers finance unemployment insurance with state and federal tax contributions. The Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) was created to finance all administrative expenses of the federal/state unemployment insurance system and the federal costs involved in providing benefits. See Hawaii Unemployment Insurance.
  • Hawaii unemployment insurance is provided under the Hawaii Employment Security Law and is administered by the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. See Hawaii Unemployment Insurance.
  • Unemployment benefits generally last for up to 26 weeks. See Benefits.
  • Claimants must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. See Eligibility.
  • Employers must post an unemployment insurance notice to employees. See Posting Requirement.