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Let Me Answer Your Employment Law Questions

Before entering a legal dispute with your employer, there can be much to consider. You may feel overwhelmed about how to approach it or wonder if you have a sound case. As the lead attorney at the Law Office of Rod Bridgers, LLLC, I have been helping people with their employment disputes for over 40 years. I understand how daunting these cases can be for people who’ve never engaged in them.

Over my years of practice, I have heard several questions about employment law disputes. Having the answers to these questions can help point you in the right direction if you’re looking to file a claim against your employer:

Is Hawaii an at-will employment state?

Like many other states, Hawaii is an at-will employment state, meaning your employer can let you go anytime for any reason. However, there can be some instances where at-will employment doesn’t apply, like if you have a contract with your employer that says they need to notify you before termination.

Is Hawaii a right-to-work state?

No, Hawaii is not a right-to-work state. Hawaii law protects the rights of workers who wish to join a labor union and any efforts they make to form a union in their workplace.

If your employer actively tries to stop you from joining a union or fires you for discussing forming a union, their actions may violate state law. Call me at 808-796-5650 to discuss your case further.

How many hours can you work in Hawaii without a break?

The state doesn’t include regulations for when employees need to take breaks. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. For example, employees under 18 get a 30-minute break for every 5 hours they work.

When does my employer have to pay me for overtime in Hawaii?

If you work more than 40 hours in a week, state law says your employer must pay you 1.5 times your regular hourly wage for any overtime work.

The More You Know, The Better.

Employment disputes can be nuanced and complicated, especially when you must account for state employment laws. However, by having some basic knowledge about Hawaii’s employment laws and your employee rights, you can better understand whether your employer violated your rights. If that’s the case, call me at 808-796-5650 or email me for an initial consultation today.