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Know the Laws: Hawaii

UPDATED October 5, 2016

Workplace Protections

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Hawaii state law provides employment protections for domestic violence victims who need to take time off from work to handle issues related to domestic violence.

How the Law Affects Your Salary, Vacation Days, etc.

back to topCan I use the days guaranteed to me under the law instead of using my vacation days or sick days?

No.  Before you can take the 5 to 30 days (depending on how many people are employed by the employer), you will likely have to first use up any vacation days, annual leave, or sick days unless your employer specifically says otherwise.  You can usually use the 5 to30 days granted to you under the law for domestic violence issues when you do not have any more sick/personal days left.*

* H.R.S. §378-73

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back to topDoes my employer have to pay me for the time that I take off to deal with domestic violence issues?

If you are taking the unpaid leave guaranteed to you under the law, your employer does not have to pay you.*

* H.R.S. § 378-72(a)

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