The Department of Labor on March 7 said it would not meet its March deadline for issuing the final Persuader rule, which would limit ways in which employers can communicate with their employees as they decide whether to unionize.
According to published reports, DOL said it will announce a new release date in its next regulatory agenda, which is generally issued between April and July.
Many groups oppose the Persuader rule, saying it would deprive employers of their right to free speech, freedom of association and legal counsel, and would deprive employees of their right to obtain balanced and informed input from both sides as they decide whether to be represented by a union.
If the rule is finalized, it will greatly expand the circumstances in which third-party advice, which employers use to educate their employees about collective bargaining, would have to be reported by both the employer and the third party. Third parties include attorneys and association staff.
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