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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 comment period on the department's proposed overtime rule. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) made a similar request in a separate letter.

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.

Retail Workers Seek Pay Boost After N.Y.'s $15 Fast Food Win
The Fight-for-$15 movement of labor activists and low-wage workers is setting its sights on the retail sector nationwide.

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. 

Overtime Proposed Rule Will Result in 'Hard Choices' for Some Employers
Employers will face many complicated operational issues as a result of the overtime proposed rule, issues they should consider well in advance of a final rule.

Employee Relations
EEOC: Sexual Orientation Discrimination Is Sex Discrimination
An Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) decision clarifies that all complaints of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation are sex discrimination claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, at least for claims against the federal government.

Labor Relations
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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