The Detroit News
The U.S. Labor Department has proposed a new rule that would have the effect either of requiring attorneys to disclose confidential information about their clients, or deprive business — especially small business — of the ability to hire attorneys to advise them on labor-management issues. It’s another assault on business and should be junked.
Since 1959, the federal Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act has required businesses to file a report when they hire an outside firm to engage in what are known as persuasion services on union organizing issues. Typically, this involves giving talks to workers, or mailing them materials from the employer’s point of view. The shorthand for this regulation is the “persuader rule.”