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Lawmakers, SHRM Seek Extension in Overtime Rule Comment Period
Republican senators wrote Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez seeking an extension of the comm Republican senators wrote Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez seeking an extension of the comment period on the department's proposed overtime rule. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) made a similar request in a separate letter.

SHRM: Apply 'Seller's Carve-Out' to Small Retirement Plans
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has announced its support for applying a "seller's carve-out" to small plans, a suggested change that might make the proposed fiduciary rule less controversial and less costly.  

IRS Plans to End Determination Letters for Qualified Retirement Plans
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is eliminating the staggered five-year determination letter remedial amendment cycles for individually designed tax-qualified retirement plans. Some employers may decide to switch to plans pre-approved by the IRS.

DOL Narrows Independent Contractor Classification
More workers may be entitled to overtime due to Department of Labor (DOL) guidance that defines "independent contractor" narrowly enough for many previously classified as independent contractors to now be properly classified as employees.

Skadden Loses Ruling on Overtime Pay for Lawyers
A federal appeals court said the New York City law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom may owe overtime pay to a contract lawyer for performing nonlegal work. 

Employee Relations
After an Employee Seizure--What Next?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, including its confidentiality and reasonable-accommodation provisions, have to be followed after an employee has a seizure at work. Employers have to walk a fine line between safety and liability concerns.

Labor Relations
NLRB 'Ambush' Election Rule Upheld Again
A federal district court shot down a legal challenge to the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB's) "ambush" election rule, disappointing groups that had brought the challenge, including the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Michigan Supreme Court: Right-to-Work Applies to State Employees
State employees are subject to Michigan's 2012 right-to-work law, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled, meaning unionized state workers can now opt out of paying all union dues and agency fees.
(Detroit Free Press)

The SEIU's Fast-Food Gamble
The Service Employees International Union's focus on the fast-food industry has been an audacious gamble, but yet to yield much of a return on investment.
(Washington Examiner)



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