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Separation From Employment: Hawaii

Separation From Employment requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Anna Elento-Sneed, Alston, Hunt, Floyd & Ing


  • Employment relationships in Hawaii can be terminated by either party, at any time, with or without cause. However, there are exceptions to this presumption of at-will employment. See Termination for Cause.
  • Hawaii employers must comply with certain payment requirements upon an individual's separation from employment. See Termination Pay.
  • State law prohibits retaliatory terminations of whistleblowers and employees who file or participate in discrimination investigations. See Retaliation.