Labor Officials Propose Withdrawing Controversial "Persuader" Rule
Late last week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced it was considering rescinding the controversial rule known as the "Persuader" rule. Finalized in March 2016, the final rule has been on a nationwide hold due to a permanent injunction placed on the rule by a federal judge in Texas last November. The persuader rule, which NRMCA ardently opposed, would limit employers’ ability to seek and retain legal counsel for purposes of consulting on employee union organizing drives. The rule also would have required employers and legal counsel to disclose certain financial and other unnecessary private company information. This development, welcome news for the industry, was in large part, made possible through the work of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace or CDW (of which NRMCA is an active member).
The proposal will accept public and stakeholder comments on the suggested withdrawal until Friday, August 11. NRMCA will submit comments in favor of rescinding the rule.