DOL Revives Obama-Era ‘Persuader’ Reporting Program

The U.S. Department of Labor — now under the leadership of Marty Walsh, a former trade union official — announced this week the re-enactment of the “persuader rule,” designed to inform employers when they must report their activities related to union-organizing campaigns. The rule, which had been in effect during the Obama administration, requires financial and other disclosures by “persuaders” — including law firms — hired by employers to discourage unionization.

Whether the new rule is legal and survives court scrutiny is in question, some experts say. 4/7/2021