Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Labor Department's "Persuader Rule" Gives Unfair Advantage to Unions

Ivan Osorio

The Department of Labor’s “persuader rule,” which is set to go into effect on Monday, April 25, will give unions a new tool to use against employers who try to push back against union organizing campaigns. The rule will eviscerate any confidentiality between a business and labor relations consultants the business might hire for advice on how to counter union organizing efforts.  The rule would mostly affect medium-sized businesses that are just large enough to be targeted for unionization and too small to have in-house counsel. It also would encourage some large law firms to get out of the business of labor relations advising.

Specifically, the rule expands reporting requirements under the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) to encompass virtually all of a business’ interactions with labor consultants. As attorney Jonathan Sokolowski explains:......Citizens are pushing back, too. Three lawsuits challenging the rule, filed by various businesses and trade groups, are now making their way through the courts.....To Read More ...

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