Persuader Rule Rescinded

The Labor Department rescinded the Obama administration's so-called persuader rule July 17, 2018, dealing another blow to unions.

In a notice in the Federal Register, DOL announced a wholesale repeal of the persuader rule, which sought to require more disclosure for union-busting activities. The rule compelled companies to disclose when they hire attorneys to convince — or persuade — employees not to unionize. A Texas judge in 2016 issued a preliminary injunction blocking the rule from taking effect.

In a statement, DOL said the rule "impinged on attorney-client privilege by requiring confidential information to be part of disclosures."

"By rescinding this Rule, the Department stands up for the rights of Americans to ask a question of their attorney without mandated disclosure to the government," Nathan Mehrens, DOL's deputy assistant secretary for policy, said in a written statement.

The repeal takes effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.