Department of Labor Repeals "Persuader" Rule

(July, 2018) The Department of Labor announced its full repeal of the Obama Administration’s March 2016 “persuader” rule. The rescission will take effect in mid August.

The persuader rule changed federal disclosure rules to make it more difficult for employers to access legal counsel or other expert advice on labor and employee relations issues, interfering with an employer’s ability to engage in positive, good-faith employee communications about the pros and cons of unionization.

TCATA is part of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace which worked to overturn this rule. Two bills have recently been introduced in Congress that would codify the persuader rule — the Workforce Democracy Act and the Workers’ Freedom to Negotiate Act. The Association will monitor this and keep members apprised.

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