ACC Supports Department of Labor Proposal to Rescind “Persuader” Rule

On August 8, 2017, ACC and its Employment and Labor Law Committee submitted comments in response to a proposal from the Department of Labor to rescind the so-called “persuader rule,” that went into effect in March of 2016. ACC first commented on the rule in 2011, objecting to how the proposed interpretation of the “advice” exemption in Section 203(c) of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act would negatively impact the attorney-client relationship and organizations’ ability to seek legal counsel. The 2016 rule, which required attorneys to publicly disclose their clients’ identities, infringed on attorney-client confidentiality and would have potentially limited the number of labor lawyers willing to offer advice on union organizing activities. ACC supports the Department of Labor’s proposed rescission of the rule, and our comments can be viewed here.