HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE TWENTY-SEVENTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2013

 

COMMITTEE ON LABOR & PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT

Rep. Mark M. Nakashima, Chair

Rep. Mark J. Hashem, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Henry J.C. Aquino

Rep. Ryan I. Yamane

Rep. Linda Ichiyama

Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita

Rep. Kaniela Ing

Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson

Rep. Roy M. Takumi

 

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Friday, February 01, 2013

TIME:

8:00 a.m.

PLACE:

Conference Room 309

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

HB 1028

Status

RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT.

Extends the maximum weekly benefit amount at 75% of the average weekly wage from 12/31/2012, to 12/31/2013. Sets, for calendar year 2013, the employer contribution rate at schedule F. Increases the hourly minimum wage to $8 on 01/01/14, $8.25 on 01/01/15, and $8.75 on 01/01/17. Applies retroactively to 01/01/13.

 

LAB, FIN

HB 1176

Status

RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION.

Authorizes the employer and provider of services to notify the director of labor and industrial relations in the event of a reasonable disagreement relating to specific medical service charges. Requires that the notice of dispute is done in writing and that the parties negotiate during the thirty-one calendar days following the date of the notice to the director. Allows parties to request the director to render an administrative decision without a hearing in the event the parties fail to reach an agreement within the thirty-one day negotiation period. Establishes that the administrative decision rendered by the director is final and nonappealable.

 

LAB, FIN

HB 915

Status

RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT SECURITY LAW.

Prohibits noncharging of an employer's account when the employer (or agent) is at fault and imposes a fifteen per cent penalty on fraudulent benefit overpayments effective October 1, 2013; provides for deductions from federal income tax refunds to recover delinquent debts effective April 1, 2013; and allows the withdrawal of fees from the unemployment trust fund effective April 1, 2013

 

LAB, FIN

HB 918

Status

RELATING TO THE EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING FUND.

Allows Employment and Training Fund moneys collected for the purpose of paying interest assessments on loans to the unemployment trust fund to be used for a period of one year for costs to administer, manage, report, and oversee Title I programs funded under the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 for which insufficient federal funds were allocated. Effective July 1, 2013.

 

LAB, FIN

HB 919

Status

RELATING TO STATE EMPLOYMENT.

Clarifies exemptions from civil service for federally funded work experience programs and temporary public service employment; allows persons with criminal conviction of a controlled-substance-related offense to participate in such programs provided reasonable safeguards are in place.

 

LAB, FIN

HB 920

Status

RELATING TO APPEALS TO THE LABOR AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS APPEALS BOARD.

Authorizes the Labor and Industrial Relations Appeals Board to establish a $30 fee for the filing of appeals and fees for other administrative expenses associated with the processing of appeals and to establish a Labor and Industrial Relations Appeals Board Special Fund.

 

LAB, FIN

HB 921

Status

RELATING TO PROCEEDINGS BEFORE THE LABOR AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS APPEALS BOARD.

Affirms the authority of the Labor and Industrial Relations Appeals Board to issue orders or take other appropriate action to enforce its rules and orders and allows parties to electronically file appeals to the appellate court.

 

LAB, FIN

HB 922

Status

RELATING TO MEDICAL BENEFITS UNDER THE WORKERS' COMPENSATION LAW.

Amends section 386-21(c), Hawaii Revised Statutes, by allowing the Director of Labor and Industrial Relations to make a decision on disputes regarding treatment plans and continued medical services without a hearing.

 

LAB, FIN

HB 923

Status

RELATING TO DISABILITY COMPENSATION DIVISION SPECIAL FUND.

Establishes a Disability Compensation Division Special Fund and authorizes the Disability Compensation Division to establish reasonable fees for issuing subpoenas, and filing injury reports and hearings applications; and also authorizes the establishment of and funds two full-time positions.

 

LAB, FIN

HB 924

Status

RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.

Authorizes the Hawaii Labor Relations Board to provide written notice of hearing to all parties by first class mail at least fifteen days before the hearing, notwithstanding section 91-9.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, and makes necessary housekeeping amendments that conform to existing law.

 

LAB, FIN

HB 925

Status

RELATING TO THE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY APPEALS REFEREE'S OFFICE.

Modifies the notice period for unemployment appeal hearings from fifteen days to twelve days and authorizes notices and correspondence to be sent electronically in lieu of notice by mail.

 

LAB, FIN

HB 926

Status

RELATING TO OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH HEARINGS.

Authorizes the Hawaii Labor Relations board to provide written notice of hearing to all parties by first class mail at least fifteen days before the hearing, notwithstanding section 91-9.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, and clarifies the board's powers for conducting appeals under chapter 396, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

 

LAB, FIN

HB 928

Status

RELATING TO CERTAIN FUNDS UNDER THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS.

Clarifies the classification of certain special funds under the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations as trust funds as recommended by the Legislative Auditor.

 

LAB, FIN

HB 929

Status

RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ASSESSMENT.

Beginning January 1, 2013, exempts the employment and training assessment on contributory employers with zero per cent and the maximum rate according to the applicable contribution rate schedule in section 383-68.

 

LAB, FIN

 

 

 

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

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Rep. Mark M. Nakashima

Chair