Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    H.B. No. 347

       H.D. 2

       S.D. 2




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2017

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health, to which was referred H.B. No. 347, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose and intent of this measure is to:


     (1)  Clarify Hawaii's employment security law for independent contractors by requiring the consideration of twenty factors by the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations when determining whether an individual is considered an independent contractor;


     (2)  Require the Director of Labor and Industrial Relations (Director) to report to the Legislature prior to the Regular Session of 2018 regarding guidelines developed by the unemployment insurance coverage committee; and


     (3)  Require the Director to submit an annual report to the Legislature regarding covered employment determinations.


     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii; Maui Chamber of Commerce; Envisions Entertainment & Productions, Inc.; DeSilva Meeting Consultants; Society for Human Resource Management, Hawaii Chapter; and two individuals.  Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations; Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters; International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 142; Hawaii State AFL-CIO; and Hawaii Government Employees Association, AFSCME Local 152, AFL-CIO.


     Your Committee finds that independent contractors are an important part of Hawaii's business community and economy.  Your Committee also finds that the existing Hawaii employment security law has been broadly interpreted when determining who qualifies as an independent contractor versus who is an employee of an employer.  This measures seeks to provide greater clarity to those individuals choosing to become entrepreneurs and operate as independent contractors by setting forth in greater detail the criteria used to determine independent contractor status.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Clarifying that an individual is an independent contractor regardless of whether the common law relationship of employer and employee exists unless it is shown to the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations that certain conditions are met; and


     (2)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 347, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 347, H.D. 2, S.D. 2.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health,