HR Law Compliance

Makana's book, published by Prentice Hall.

Makana’s book, published by Prentice Hall.

“Makana was very engaging and encouraged good discussion.”

“Gave usable and practical procedures.”


Workshops on HR Law for Managers

Makana Risser Chai has years of experience as an attorney, manager, trainer, investigator and consultant, specializing in practical solutions to HR problems. Author of the Prentice Hall book, Stay Out of Court! The Manager’s Guide to Preventing Employee Lawsuits, she received her JD from the University of California, Berkeley, and is licensed to practice law in Hawai’i. Prior to moving to Hawai’i and changing her name, as Rita Risser she was CEO of Fair Measures Corporation, a Silicon Valley training and consulting company. She has:

  • presented 1,000+ legal compliance training programs for managers and employees,
  • investigated workplace complaints,
  • mediated harassment claims,
  • consulted with executives and HR staff on strategic and situational HR issues,
  • coached key employees on appropriate behavior, and
  • conducted research on in-house patterns of discrimination.

Typical clients require all managers to attend her one-day training program on Managing within the Law and all employees to take her half-day program on Creating a Respectful Workplace. Local clients include Hawai’i Gas, and long-term clients include high tech giants such as Oracle Corporation and Cisco, as well as Blue Cross, DuPont, and FICO.

Before starting Fair Measures she had a law firm representing employers and employees in wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, unemployment and overtime actions.

In addition to her Prentice Hall book which was used as a textbook at universities, she published a series of articles for managers on HR law in the Honolulu Advertiser, as well as an article in the Association of Talent Development’s TD magazine on best practice harassment prevention training. She authored more than 500 articles on the employment law website,, commended as “particularly useful” by SHRM’s HR Magazine

She taught HR and the Law classes at the University of Hawai’i, University of Santa Clara and University of California, Santa Cruz; Continuing Legal Education seminars for lawyers on preventing bias and substance abuse in the profession; and continuing HR Education programs for the Hawai’i Society for Human Resource Management annual conferences.

Makana’s Workshops on HR Law.

Call Makana at 808-282-2743 or contact us.