|The program is called Reducing Unemployment Disruption & Driving Economic Regeneration (RUDDER) which aims to encourage the hiring of newly jobless workers from hard-hit industries into critical jobs in health care. It is being developed by the State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations at the direction of Gov. David Ige.|
The initiative will pay up to $100,000 to registered and compliant Hawai‘i businesses for new employees hired after March 1, 2020. It will provide an initial $500 payment for each new employee to offset training and other costs, and an additional $500 after six months of continuous employment.