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Layoff Soon After Maternity Leave Did Not Violate FMLA
An administrative assistant informed on her return from Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave that she would soon be laid off failed to show that the termination of her position violated the FMLA, a district court ruled.

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.

A Company Copes with Backlash Against the Raise that Roared
A minimum salary of $70,000 at Gravity Payments in Seattle isn't universally welcome.
(The New York Times)

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). Recognizes Union, Ending Monthlong Standoff with Editorial Staff recognized its editorial staffers' request to form a union, ending a monthlong standoff between writers and managers at the 20-year-old publication.
(International Business Times)

Verizon Misses Deadline for Union Contract; No Strike for Now
Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers said employees will keep working while talks continue.
(Wall Street Journal)

Staffing Management
On-Call Shift Scheduling Subject to Increased Scrutiny
In recent months, judges across the country have been increasingly critical of employers' use of "on-call shifts"--that is, shifts that typically require employees to e-mail, text or call in to work prior to the start of a tentatively scheduled shift to find out if they actually need to report to work.


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