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Name: 27th Annual Employment Law Seminar
Date: September 11, 2020
Time: 7:30 AM - 4:50 PM HST
Event Description:

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. Email for last minute inquiries.

Employment Law Seminar is going virtual in 2020!

Register to virtually attend the 2020 Employment Law Seminar presented by experts with Torkildson, Katz, Hetherington, Harris, Knorek Attorneys At Law to learn up-to-the-minute information on recent significant employment law developments on the most pressing legal issues that impact employers, including new laws on COVID-19, ADA and immigration. 

Just like the in-person Employment Law Seminar, this year's virtual seminar will be jam packed with helpful information and sessions. Avoid wearing your mask all day and attend from the safety of your home or office, including from the neighbor islandsThe virtual seminar will include virtual exhibitor booths, virtual speed peer-to-peer networking and engaging presentations by the Torkildson team. 

The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.
This program is valid for 5 PDCs for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit


The use of this official seal confirms that this Activity has met HR Certification Institute?s® (HRCI®)  criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

This Program, ID No. 530651, has been approved for 5.00  Business  recertification credit hours toward aPHR?, aPHRi?, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi? and SPHRi? recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®). 

Utilizing Hopin, a specialized online events platform, this virtual Employment Law seminar will feature:

Q&A Time - Each session will include substantial time to ask your pressing HR questions and get answers directly from Torkildson experts.

Speed Networking - A platform to connect with other attendees, share contact information and the opportunity to network and field questions with a Torkildson expert.
Exhibitor Booths - Visit with exhibitors at any time during any of the presentations to talk story and get valuable information.

Virtual registration fees include print and online version of the 2020 Employment Law Desk Manual*, continuing education credits and $15 credit for lunch at La Tour Cafe**.

Enjoy a special presentation to honor Patriot Day in memory of those who were injured or lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks.

Agenda At-A-Glance:

  • 7:30 AM - 4:40 PM - Exhibitor booths and speed networking open all day

  • 8:30 - 8:45 AM - Welcome and Legislative Update

  • 8:45 - 10:05 AM - Recovering from COVID-19 and What is to Come
    Jeffrey S. Harris, Vaughn G.T. Cook, Austin F. McCullough and Rachel K. Hoke Miyashiro

  • 10:05 - 10:20 AM - Break, visit exhibitor booths and speed networking

  • 10:20 - 11:40 AM - Getting Back to Business: Wage and hour compliance, especially tracking extra training, lunches, breaks and other non-work related activities while teleworking, cost of new equipment for remote location and additional safety related functions. Rehiring of your workforce and avoiding potential bias.
    Joseph A. Ernst, Jennifer L. Gitter and Rachel K. Hoke Miyashiro

  • 11:40 AM - 12:40 PM - Lunch, keynote speaker, visit with exhibitor booths and speed networking - Grab your lunch or use your credit to have lunch delivered, and enjoy a special presentation by our keynote speaker Colonel Thomas McCann, Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command

    Colonel Thomas G. McCann, USMC
    Colonel McCann currently serves as the Staff Judge Advocate and principle legal advisor to the Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. In that capacity, he is responsible for providing all legal advice and guidance to the Commander and staff on issues ranging from international law, law of war, fiscal law, administrative law, labor law and ethics.

  • 12:40 - 2:00 PM - New Legal Claims: ADA accommodation, especially high-risk employees or family members, mental impairments and response to needed function and workplace changes.
    Joseph A. Ernst, Kendra K. Kawai and Jennifer L. Gitter

  • 2:00 - 2:15 PM - Break, visit exhibitor booths and speed networking
  • 2:15 - 3:30 PM - New But Definitely Not Normal: US Immigration Law Issues During a Global Pandemic: In the haste to be compliant with COVID-19 layoff and leave issues, many HR professionals may have overlooked the civil consequences, such as fines or back wages, that may result from pandemic's immigration-related compliance issues. Additional topics include Form I-9 process, H-1B  and L-1 visas, working remotely and more.
            Newton J. Chu and Vaughn G.T. Cook
  • 3:30 - 4:40 PM - Top Trends in Labor and Employment Case and Statutory Law in 2020 and Beyond:  Washington continues to issue revised regulations and Hawaii has passed expanded family leave and increased penalties.  The NLRB is reversing many of the Obama Board decisions, and the Courts are surprising even lawyers.  Hear the latest updates and predictions for 2021.
    John L. Knorek, Christine K.D. Belcaid and Weiwei He

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Mahalo to our Sponsors!

*Desk manuals will be mailed to attendees.

**La Tour Café Lunch credit to be emailed to attendees one week prior to the event. Lunch credit will allow you to order online and have your meal delivered to your office, or you can pick it up during the scheduled lunch break.

Event Sponsors:
Just like the regular scheduled in-person seminar, but from the safety of your home or work office. Virtually participate to learn the latest in employment law, networking, visit with exhibitors and more!
Date/Time Information:
Friday, September 11, 2020
7:30 AM - 4:50 PM
Contact Information:
Tricia Fetui, Senior Director of Events
Regular Registration: August 1 - 31, 2020
  • Chamber Member / SHRM Virtual Only - $150
  • Non-member Virtual Only - $175
  • Exhibitor Booth - $400
Late Registration: September 1 - 10, 2020
  • Chamber Member / SHRM Virtual Only - $175
  • Non-member Virtual Only - $200
  • Exhibitor Booth - $450

Click Here to view the flyer and sponsorship details
$350 - $450 Employer Exhibitor Booth (Members Only)
$1,000 Media Sponsor (Members Only)

Cancellation and Refund Policy:
5 business days or more prior to event - full refund
2-4 business days before event - 50% refund
0-1 business day before event - no refund

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