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From Altamont to Airbus

What was one of the most tragic events in the history of rock and roll? High up on the list must rank the Altamont concert, held at Altamont Race Track on December 6, 1969. It was so bad that many people felt the 60s actually...more

Pension Consultant Found Not to be an ERISA Fiduciary

The Tenth Circuit held that a pension plan consultant, who misstated the amount of monthly pension payments that a pension plan participant would receive in retirement, was not a fiduciary under ERISA. Plaintiffs Trent...more

Update: U.S. District Court Enjoins Department Of Labor's Persuader Rule Temporarily

As previously discussed in The Fast Laner, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) had implemented a new "Persuader Rule," which would significantly change the nature of the individuals and entities who are required to...more

SEC Charges Adviser for Failing to Monitor Consultants

The action underscores the need for investment advisers and broker-dealers to maintain robust policies and controls when utilizing third-party contractors. On May 27, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)...more

New Labor “Persuader” Reporting Requirements, Status in Flux

A federal judge in Texas has issued a nationwide injunction against the new labor “persuader” reporting requirements that were due to take effect on July 1, 2016. The ruling does not impact earlier employer reporting...more

Judge Issues Nationwide Injunction on DOL Persuader Rule

A Texas federal judge issued a nationwide preliminary injunction this week barring the Department of Labor (DOL) from enforcing its Persuader Rule, which was set to take effect on July 1, 2016. This is the second federal...more

Urgent Message on Union Persuader Rules

In anticipation of the July 1, 2016 effective date of the new "persuader rules" from the U.S. Department of Labor, Varnum has prepared an agreement that would allow existing clients to avoid the new reporting requirements on...more

Last Minute Relief From New Persuader Rule

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Federal District Court in Texas Blocks New DOL Persuader Rule

Last week, we reported that a federal district court in Minnesota determined that the new Department of Labor (DOL) persuader rule likely is unenforceable because it conflicts with the Labor Management Reporting and...more

Texas District Court Issues Nationwide Injunction Blocking the Department of Labor’s Persuader Rule

On June 27, 2016, the District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued a nationwide injunction enjoining the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Persuader Rule, 81 Fed. Reg. 15924.  In reaching this conclusion, the court...more

Federal District Court in Minnesota Finds Merit in Challenge to DOL Persuader Rule, But Denies Request to Enjoin Implementation

As we reported earlier, the new Department of Labor (DOL) “Persuader Rule” dramatically expands reporting obligations for consultants and attorneys who provide certain services to employers related to persuading employees on...more

Minnesota District Court Denies Request to Enjoin DOL's Persuader Rule, But Signals Rule Could Be Overturned

In a decision that sheds light on the potential viability of the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) Persuader Rule, a Minnesota district court on June 22, 2016, denied a request to enjoin the rule, which the DOL intends to begin...more

Employers: June 30 Deadline Looms for DOL's Revised Persuader Rule

The greatly expanded Persuader Rule will require employers to report any agreement or arrangement with a lawyer or third-party consultant to “persuade” employees — directly or indirectly — about their union organization and...more

The New Persuader Activity Reporting Requirements—A Significant Development

In accordance with the U.S. Department of Labor’s recent public announcement regarding the implementation of its new “persuader activity” rule, all engagements entered into prior to July 1, 2016—including long-term or...more

Welcome to the Jungle: Trade Associations and Reportable Persuader Activity

Many trade associations have little direct experience with union organizing and labor relations. When it comes to lobbying in Washington, D.C., however, trade associations know a thing or two about what it takes to be a...more

Hirschfeld Kraemer files amicus brief in suit challenging Department of Labor’s new “Persuader Rule”

The Department of Labor recently issued a final “persuader rule” under the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (“LMRDA”). The new rule expands the reporting and disclosure requirements of firms involved in...more

UPDATE: Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act Signed Into Law; Employers May Need to Notify Employees

After overwhelming passage in both the House and Senate, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act into law on April 11, 2016. The Act provides a truly uniform, nationwide set of standards for protecting trade...more

First Department Finds Forum Selection Clause in Earlier Agreement Valid Despite Later Agreement Providing for Arbitration

In a 3-2 split decision, a New York appellate court determined that a forum selection clause providing for litigation in New York courts had not been explicitly terminated and thus trumped agreements to submit to arbitration...more

The New “Persuader Rule” and Its Impact on Manufacturers

The federal Office of Labor-Management Standards (“OLMS”) in the Department of Labor issued a Final Rule, on March 24, 2016, that significantly reinterprets the so-called Persuader Activities Rule. This rule represents the...more

Epic Verdict in Trade Secrets Case

Last week, a federal jury in Wisconsin awarded almost $1 billion to Epic Systems Corporation in its trade secrets case against Indian consulting company Tata Consulting Services, Ltd., and its American unit, Tata America...more

Department of Labor’s Long-Debated “Persuader” Regulations Expand the Scope of the Consulting Relationships that Must be Reported...

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards (“OLMS”) recently issued its long-debated “persuader” regulations which, as of July 1, 2016, will require employers and their labor relations consultants,...more

DOL Suspends Filing of Certain Parts of Required Form LM-21 Reports

On April 13, 2016, the Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a Form LM-21 Special Enforcement Policy announcement. Effective immediately, the policy is suspending the...more

New DOL “Persuader” Rule Stimulates Exaggerated Persuader Activities by Proponents and Opposition

We will try to keep this straightforward and polemic free. We will try. The last time there were any significant changes to the National Labor Relations Act was in 1959, when Congress passed the Landrum-Griffin bill...more

DOL Issues Final "Persuader" Rules Governing Disclosure of Consultants in Antiunion Efforts

On March 23, 2016, the federal Department of Labor issued final regulations requiring for the first time that employers disclose the identity of any third-party consultants retained to help the company respond to union...more

The Final Persuader Rule: What You Need to Know About the New Reporting Requirements

On March 23, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued final regulations revising the “advice exemption” and requiring employers and consultants (including lawyers) to report labor relations advice and services under...more

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