By Gayle Cinquegrani/BNA.com
A proposed rule that would expand the requirements for determining when employers and the consultants they hire to help them deal with union organizing attempts would be required to file forms with the Labor Department has elicited a strong negative reaction from the business community.
The proposed rule from the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards would make the first substantive changes in almost 50 years to the forms for reporting labor persuader agreements.
DOL told BNA it received approximately 9,000 comments in response to its June 21 proposal, which would revise the interpretation of “advice” consultants offer to employers about handling union organizing efforts (76 Fed. Reg. 36,178; 29 HRR 682, 6/27/11).