• The one-week waiting period for benefits has been waived; your benefit will start from the day you file for unemployment. That does not mean your check will arrive sooner—it is like to take three weeks or more before you start receiving benefits due to the record number of applications currently being processed.
• The requirement the search for three jobs per week has been suspended.
• File via the new State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations webform: https://huiclaims.hawaii.gov/#/.
• Make sure to fill out each question completely.
• When asked for your “Start Date,” give the start date for your employment or when you were hired. When asked for your “End Date,” give the date of your last worked shift.
• If you are not permanently laid-off and separated from your employer—in other words, if you are on temporary lay-off—when asked to provide your “Reason for Separation,” choose “Still Employed”.
• When asked “Are you available to accept full-time work?” answer “YES.”
• When asked “Do you expect to obtain work through a Labor Union”answer “NO.”
• Your initial claim may not be processed for two-to-three days or more. The reason is that your claim must enter the unemployment office’s system, the unemployment office must contact your employer for confirmation of your lay-off, and your employer must respond to the unemployment office’s request for confirmation. Call (833)-901-2275 to follow up on your status.
TRAVEL AND OTHER RESTRICTIONS
• Quarantine for inter-island travelers. Starting at 12:01 am on April 1, 2020 until April 30, 2020 anyone who not an essential worker traveling for legitimate work reasons is subject to a mandatory self-quarantine for 14-days if they have taken an inter-island flight.
• The current restriction for travelers arriving in or returning to Hawaii is a 14-day self-quarantine.
• The Governor of the State of Hawaii declared by proclamation an order to “shelter-in-place” starting on March 25, 2020 until April 30, 2020. Everyone who is not an essential worker must stay at home except for limited necessary activities such as travel for health and safety, purchasing food, or caring for minors or the elderly.
PUBLIC SCHOOL CLOSURES
APRIL 17, 2020—Governor David Ige signed an emergency proclamation taking effect today that includes a moratorium on evictions in the state of Hawaii. The proclamation suspends laws that allow evictions for failure to pay rent, lease, or other fees. The eviction moratorium will be in force through the disaster relief period, which continues through April 30, 2020 and may be extended.
Click HERE for the press release “Governor Ige Orders Eviction Moratorium.”
Click HERE for the entire text of the “Fifth Supplementary Proclamation.”
Click HERE for a story by HawaiiNewsNow.com.
• The Department of Public Safety Sheriff Division is suspending all eviction activities effective March 17, 2020.
STATE I.D. CARDS, DRIVER’S LICENSES, MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS & SAFETY CHECKS
STATE OF HAWAII PROCLAMATIONS BY THE GOVERNOR
May 18, 2020—Eighth Supplementary Proclamation for COVID-19
• Includes opening and recovery plan—state will begin to gradually re-open medium-risk businesses beginning in June.
• 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving in Hawaii and inter-island travelers extended to June 30, 2020.
• Eviction moratorium extended to June 30, 2020.
• Click HERE to read the press release summarizing 8th supplementary emergency proclamation.
May 5, 2020—Seventh Supplementary Proclamation for COVID-19
• Allows the re-opening of the following businesses, “however, everyone is advised to check the restrictions in place in each county, as they may differ.”
- Agriculture (non-food), such as landscape, ornamental plant growers, and nurseries
- Auto Dealerships
- Car Washes
- Childcare services, licensed or authorized under the law
- Pet Grooming Services
- Observatories & Support Facilities
- Retail & Repair Services, such as apparel, florists, watch & surfboard repair (Note: retail does not re-open in City & County of Honolulu until May 15, and retail & most repair will not re-open in Maui county.)
- Shopping Malls – limited to retail and repair services (Note: shopping malls are not reopening in Maui county.
Click HERE to read the press release summarizing 7th supplementary emergency proclamation.
April 25, 2020—Sixth Supplementary Proclamation for COVID-19
• Includes extension of “state at home” order to May 31, 2020.
April 16, 2020—Fifth Supplementary Proclamation for COVID-19
• Includes suspension of evictions
March 31, 2020—Fourth Supplementary Proclamation for COVID-19
• Includes inter-island self quarantine for 14 days
March 23, 2020—Third Supplementary Proclamation for COVID-19
• Includes “stay at home, work from home” order for the entire state with the exception of “essential” workers.
March 22, 2020—Second Supplementary Proclamation for COVID-19
• Includes mandatory 14-day quarantine for all individuals arriving or returning to the State of Hawaii.
March 16, 2020—Supplementary Proclamation for COVID-19
• Includes suspension of adminstrative procedures requiring public meetings, waiver of one-week waiting period for unemployment insurance, and allows the governor to take actions to prevent hoarding of items needed for public welfare.
CITY AND COUNTY PROCLAMATIONS, ORDERS AND RULES