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Is DOH Epidemiologist Jennifer Smith Legally Protected As A Whistleblower? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is DOH Epidemiologist Jennifer Smith Legally Protected As A Whistleblower?

Putting a worker on paid leave soon after she blew the whistle can be enough to establish a case under Hawaii’s law. But legal elements can be hard to prove.

Economist: Hawaii’s Economic Fall Will Be Worse Than Predicted

Economist: Hawaii’s Economic Fall Will Be Worse Than Predicted

Researchers are starting to get more data on just how the extended closure of Hawaii’s tourism industry has impacted the economy.

Health Dept Whistleblower Speaks Out About ‘Toxic Management Culture’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Health Dept Whistleblower Speaks Out About ‘Toxic Management Culture’

Jennifer Smith was placed on paid leave weeks after her revelations about the Department of Health led to the director and the state epidemiologist being replaced.

Kokua Council Wants Court To Order DOH To Hire Contact Tracers Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Kokua Council Wants Court To Order DOH To Hire Contact Tracers

A community organizations has petitioned the Hawaii Supreme Court to order the state health department to hire more contact tracers.

Hawaii Dept Of Health Whistleblower Forced Out As Shakeup Continues Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Dept Of Health Whistleblower Forced Out As Shakeup Continues

After revealing flaws in the state’s contact tracing program, Jennifer Smith, a state DOH case investigator, was put on leave on Friday.

‘We With Sarah!’ Co-Workers Defend Embattled Epidemiologist

‘We With Sarah!’ Co-Workers Defend Embattled Epidemiologist

Campaign buttons, poster bear catchy slogans supporting Dr. Sarah Park.

More Health Department Drama: New Contact Tracing Head Asks For Leave Cory Lum/Civil Beat

More Health Department Drama: New Contact Tracing Head Asks For Leave

Announced with fanfare by Gov. David Ige last month, Emily Roberson says she is frustrated with trying to do her job and says leadership needs to make clear the chain of command.

The Cost Of Failure To Contain The Virus? Massive Layoffs

The Cost Of Failure To Contain The Virus? Massive Layoffs

With no end in sight to the shutdown of tourism, dozens of companies have filed letters with labor officials outlining job cuts and extended furloughs.

Hawaii’s ‘2 Most Critical Weeks’: House Committee Seeks Strong State Action Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s ‘2 Most Critical Weeks’: House Committee Seeks Strong State Action

A House special committee wants immediate attention to recommendations on efforts that need to happen soon to pull the state out of the coronavirus crisis.