The U.S. Department of Labor on June 12 published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to rescind the Persuader Rule, which requires employers and labor-management consultants to report consultants’ indirect contact with workers during union organizing campaigns.
Published in March 2016, the Persuader Rule regulates the practice by employers of hiring labor relations consultants to develop and implement their message during union organizing campaigns. It is designed to give employees more information about the source of employer campaign material
The rule requires that employers and the consultants they hire file reports not only for direct persuader activities—consultants talking directly to workers—but also for indirect persuader activities, such as consultants scripting what managers and supervisors say to workers.
Comments on the NPRM rescinding the rule must be submitted no later than Aug. 11, 2017.