Legally Required Benefits: Hawaii
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.