HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2015

 

COMMITTEE ON LABOR & PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT

Rep. Mark M. Nakashima, Chair

Rep. Jarrett Keohokalole, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Henry J.C. Aquino

Rep. Joy A. San Buenaventura

Rep. Sharon E. Har

Rep. Gregg Takayama

Rep. Linda Ichiyama

Rep. Roy M. Takumi

Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson

Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita

Rep. Matthew S. LoPresti

Rep. Andria P.L. Tupola

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Friday, February 06, 2015

TIME:

9:00 am

PLACE:

Conference Room 309

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

HEARING

 

HB 1349

Status

RELATING TO TEACHER TENURE.

Sets probationary period of specified licensed charter school teachers according to policies and practices as determined by DOE, BOE, and collective bargaining agreements.

 

LAB, EDN, FIN

HB 546

Status

RELATING TO EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS.

Requires UH to provide nonsupervisory employees in blue collar positions with the same educational benefits provided to faculty.

 

LAB, HED, FIN

HB 553

Status

RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.

Allows UH graduate students to be included in an appropriate collective bargaining unit.

 

LAB, HED, FIN

HB 556

Status

RELATING TO THE RESEARCH CORPORATION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.

Limits certain certified officers and employees of the Research Corporation of UH to non-renewable positions of no more than three years. Requires placement of all other officers or employees in appropriate collective bargaining unit.

 

LAB, HED, FIN

HB 1370

Status

RELATING TO DIVORCE.

Provides statutory authority for the employees' retirement system administrator to make direct payment to a former spouse of a member of benefits or portion thereof pursuant to valid court judgment, order, or decree. Takes effect on 1/1/2017.

 

LAB, JUD, FIN

HB 894

Status

RELATING TO THE ENHANCED 911 BOARD.

Provides the Enhanced 911 Board with the authority to hire employees exempt from chapters 76 and 89, Hawaii Revised Statutes. Effective July 1, 2015.

 

LAB, CPC, FIN

HB 307

Status

RELATING TO THE CONTRACTORS LICENSE BOARD.

Amends the membership and composition requirements of the contractors license board. Declares that protection of the public shall be of the highest priority for the board in the exercise of its licensing, regulatory, and disciplinary functions.

 

LAB, CPC, JUD

HB 1213

Status

RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT SECURITY.

Allows the department of labor and industrial relations to set criteria for independent contractor status. Establishes criteria for when the department shall presume an individual is an independent contractor. Requires the department to certify independent contractors. Requires independent contractors to provide a written copy of certification to each customer. Places the burden of proving an employee-employer relationship on the certified independent contractor if the contractor files an unemployment insurance benefits claim against a customer.

 

LAB, CPC, JUD

HB 1497

Status

RELATING TO LABOR.

Requires employers to make, keep, and preserve records of the name, physical address, North American Industry Classification System code, and number of employees employed by the employer. Requires professional employer organizations to provide the physical address, North American Industry Classification System code, and number of employees of each client company to the DLIR.

 

LAB, CPC, FIN

HB 517

Status

RELATING TO PROCUREMENT.

Repeals section 103-55.6, Hawaii Revised statutes, the provision requiring a procurement preference to a bidder in a public works construction contract of not less than $250,000, if the bidder is a party to an apprenticeship agreement registered with the department of labor and industrial relations for each apprenticeable trade the bidder will employ to construct the public works.

 

LAB, CPC, FIN

HB 679

Status

RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION.

Imposes a penalty on an employer who does not pay an employee temporary partial disability benefits within fourteen calendar days after the end of the employee's workweek as defined by administrative rule. Clarifies that an eligibility determination for disability benefits depends on the primary care physician to certify the employee's disability. Clarifies that the failure of the employee's primary care physician to certify the dates of disability in an interim report does not disqualify the employee from disability benefits. Allows contemporaneous certification of an employee's disability status to be waived. Clarifies that certification requirements only apply during the period that an employee's injuries have not reach medical stabilization or the employee is enrolled in the vocational rehabilitation process.

 

LAB, CPC, FIN

HB 694

Status

RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION.

Authorize groups of health care providers to organize as coordinated care organizations for the provision of medical care, services, and supplies under Hawaii's workers' compensation law. Effective 1/1/2016.

 

LAB, CPC, JUD

HB 695

Status

RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION.

Repeals article 431:14A, HRS, which statutorily established the Hawaii employers' mutual insurance company (HEMIC) to provide workers' compensation coverage for Hawaii employers. Provides for continuing operation of HEMIC and any policies and coverages issued by it.

 

LAB, CPC, FIN

 

 

DECISION MAKING

 

The following measures were previously heard on February 3, 2015.

 

 

 

HB 435

Status

RELATING TO FIREFIGHTERS.

Provides firefighters with comprehensive medical coverage through workers compensation benefits by establishing a rebuttable presumption that a firefighter who suffers from cancer, blood-borne infectious disease, or exposure to biochemical substances contracted the condition in the course of employment. Requires the Hawaii State Fire Council to develop standards and procedures to ensure health and safety of firefighters who may be exposed to hazardous materials in the course of their duties.

 

LAB, JUD, FIN

HB 496

Status

RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT.

Establishes a family leave insurance program, which requires employees to make contributions into a trust fund to be used to provide employees with family leave insurance benefits in order to care for a designated person. Appropriates funds to DLIR to implement the program.

 

LAB, CPC, FIN

HB 535

Status

RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT.

Requires twelve weeks of family leave. Establishes a partial wage replacement for leave trust fund funded by employee wage withholdings. Uses the trust fund to provide partial wage replacement for the weeks of family leave that are unpaid. Appropriates moneys to administer the trust fund.

 

LAB, FIN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

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     The Committee(s) to which the comments are directed;

     The date and time of the hearing; and

     Measure number.

 

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Rep. Mark M. Nakashima

Chair