HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE TWENTY-FOURTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2008

 

COMMITTEE ON LABOR & PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT

Rep. Alex M. Sonson, Chair

Rep. Bob Nakasone, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Cindy Evans

Rep. Joseph M. Souki

Rep. Sharon E. Har

Rep. Dwight Y. Takamine

Rep. Marilyn B. Lee

Rep. Roy M. Takumi

Rep. Sylvia Luke

Rep. Colleen Rose Meyer

Rep. Angus L.K. McKelvey

Rep. Kymberly Marcos Pine

Rep. Scott Y. Nishimoto

 

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

TIME:

8:30 a.m.

PLACE:

Conference Room 309

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

HB 2227

RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT.

Clarifies disciplinary actions against public employees by requiring evidence to support probable cause for serious offense and documentation showing progressive disciplinary actions. Authorizes suspension with pay pending investigation of charge.

 

LAB, FIN

HB 2311

RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT.

Prevents adverse action by employer against an employee who refrains from working to comply with a quarantine order to ensure the public health.

 

LAB, JUD

HB 2910

RELATING TO TRADE SECRETS.

Invalidates trade secret protections unless fair compensation is negotiated collectively with employees involved in developing the trade secret.

 

LAB, JUD

HB 2911

RELATING TO EMPLOYEES.

Invalidates any provision in an employment agreement that requires an employee to assign the employee's rights to an invention to the employer if the employee developed the invention entirely on the employee's own time and with the employee's own materials, with certain exceptions.

 

LAB, JUD

HB 2927

RELATING TO PUBLIC WORKS.

Amends public works law to require 3-year suspension for any government contractor that delays an investigation or falsifies records.

 

LAB, FIN

HB 2975

RELATING TO PUBLIC WORK PROJECTS.

Clarifies that a single violation refers to each separate project where the department of labor and industrial relations finds that a contractor has failed to comply with chapter 104.

 

LAB, FIN

HB 2930

RELATING TO THE STATE MINIMUM WAGE.

Increases the state minimum wage to $8.00 beginning 7/1/2008; to $8.50 beginning 7/1/2009; and to $9.00 beginning 7/1/2010.

 

LAB, FIN

HB 2386

RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION.

Requires an employer to pay temporary total disability benefits regardless of whether the employer controverts the right to benefits. Specifies that the employee's ability to return to work is to be decided by the employee's treating physician.

 

LAB, FIN

HB 2387

RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION.

Requires the department of labor and industrial relations to appoint impartial physicians to examine injured employees. Authorizes payment of the examinations from the special compensation fund. Appropriates funds.

 

LAB, FIN

HB 2388

RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION.

Requires the employer to continue medical services to an injured employee despite disputes over whether treatment should be continued, until the director of labor and industrial relations decides whether treatment should be continued.

 

LAB, FIN

HB 2407

RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION.

Requires professional employment organizations providing workers' compensation to assigned employees to register with the insurance commission, and premiums for this insurance to be based on the experience rating of the client company.

 

LAB, CPC, FIN

HB 2479

RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION.

Expands eligibility for vocational rehabilitation to workers who are deemed unable to return to their regular jobs and are not offered work at the pre-injury earnings level.

 

LAB, FIN

 

 

 

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

Persons wishing to offer comments should submit testimony at least 24 hours prior to the hearing with a transmittal cover indicating:

     Testifier's name with position/title and organization;

     The Committee the comments are directed to;

     The date and time of the hearing;

     Measure number; and

     The number of copies the Committee is requesting.

 

While every effort will be made to copy, organize, and collate all testimony received, materials received on the day of the hearing or improperly identified or directed to the incorrect office, may be distributed to the Committee after the hearing.

 

Submit testimony in ONE of the following ways:

PAPER: 5 copies (including an original) to Room 424 in the State Capitol; or

FAX: For comments less than 5 pages in length, transmit to 586-586-6211 (Oahu) or 1-800-535-3859 (Neighbor Islands).

EMAIL: For comments less than 5 pages in length, transmit to LABtestimony@Capitol.hawaii.gov.

 

Testimony submitted will be placed on the Legislative Web site after the hearing adjourns. This public posting of testimony on the Web site should be considered when including personal information in your testimony.

 

If you require special assistance or auxiliary aids and/or services to participate in the House public hearing process (i.e., sign or foreign language interpreter or wheelchair accessibility), please contact the Committee Clerk at 586-6520 or email your request for an interpreter to HouseInterpreter@Capitol.hawaii.gov at least 24 hours prior to the hearing for arrangements. Prompt requests submitted help to ensure the availability of qualified individuals and appropriate accommodations.

 

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Rep. Alex M. Sonson

Chair