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Legacy and Grandfathered Agreements are Not Subject to Disclosure Requirements Under the Department of Labor’s New “Persuader”...

On March 24, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“USDOL”) Office of Labor-Management Standards (“OLMS”) published its highly controversial “persuader” regulation, which requires employers and labor relations consultants,...more

Federal Court Refuses to Block U.S. DOL Persuader Rule but Says Rule Is Probably Invalid

In the first decision to be issued in the three lawsuits challenging the U.S. Department of Labor’s “Persuader Rule,” a federal judge in Minnesota refused the challengers’ request for a preliminary injunction. If Judge...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 Court Finds Persuader Rule Has Substantial Likelihood of Being Overturned

On June 22, 2016, in Labnet, Inc. v. U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota issued the first decision arising out of three separate lawsuits seeking preliminary injunctions blocking...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

DOL "Persuader" Rule Requires New Financial Reports for Lawyers and Clients

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) has issued a statutory interpretation or rule regarding “persuaders” hired by employers to assist the employer in dealing with a labor union. The rule went into effect at the end of April and...more

NLRB General Counsel Orders Complaints in All Withdrawal-of-Recognition Cases

In yet another assault on long-established labor law precedent, on May 9, 2016, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Richard Griffin ordered the issuance of NLRB complaints in every case in which an employer...more

The DOL's Expanded Interpretation of the Persuader Rule: What It Means for Employers

The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) recent expanded interpretation of the "persuader rule" places a host of new compliance obligations and constraints on employers when obtaining services from an attorney or consultant....more

The NLRB Guards “Mixed-Guard” Units Against Withdrawn Recognition

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Loomis Armored US, Inc., 364 NLRB No. 23 (2016), the NLRB abandoned its long-established precedent from Wells Fargo Corp., 270 NLRB 787 (1984), and held that employers may not refuse to bargain with a...more

The Employment Law Authority - May/June 2016

The minimum salary threshold to qualify for the executive, administrative, and professional exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will more than double on December 1, 2016, from $23,660 per year to $47,476 per...more

D.C. Circuit: Transfer of Work Not an Unfair Labor Practice

By: Kaitlyn F. Whiteside, Esq. Seyfarth Synopsis: The D.C. Circuit partly denied enforcement of the NLRB’s decision in which the Board ruled that a transfer of work constituted a change in the scope of the bargaining unit and...more

Religious Affiliation Is Not Enough – The Ever-Expanding Reach of the National Labor Relations Act

The National Labor Relations Act has been enjoying a resurgence in attention and application in recent years. From last year’s thirty page memorandum from the National Labor Relations Board’s Office of the General Counsel...more

NLRB Ambush Election Rule Withstands an Appeal

An employer-led challenge to the National Labor Relations Board’s 2015 changes to union election rules has been rejected by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The rejection means that the controversial rule changes...more

In for the Long Haul as the Fifth Circuit Upholds NLRB’s “Quickie” Election Rule

Last April, the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) implemented it’s new expedited union representation procedures. On June 10, 2016, in Associated Builders and Contrs. Of Tex v. NLRB, 15-cv-50487 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS...more

Board Outs 32-Year-Old Rule Allowing Employers to Oust Mixed-Guard Unions

For thirty-two years, it has been a settled proposition that an employer may, upon the expiration of a contract, refuse to continue to negotiate with a “mixed-guard” union that represents its security guards. Continuing its...more

An Unfair Employer Policy Roundup to Help Avoid Unfair Labor Practices

For the past few years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has been on the warpath over employer personnel policies (and in turn, we at Labor & Employment Law Perspectives have missed few opportunities to point out the...more

NLRB “Quickie Election Rule” Upheld by Fifth Circuit

On June 11, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld the National Labor Relations Board’s (the “NLRB’s” or the “Board’s”) regulations enacted last year, radically altering the traditional rules...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.15.16

A nasty May jobs report and fears about China’s markets have probably done in any plans the Fed had to raise rates in June [though maybe it shouldn’t wait much longer]. Here are the 5 things we should be watching when the...more

The Time Is Nigh: “Persuader Rule” Compliance Date Is July 1

As we have previously reported, the U.S. Department of Labor on March 24 issued regulations that adopt a new interpretation of the "persuader" reporting requirements under the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act. If...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

"Persuader Rule" IMPORTANT UPDATE

Previously, we alerted our clients that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued the final version of its "persuader rule," which requires employers, third-party lawyers and other labor consultants to disclose to the DOL any...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

NLRB Holds That Hiring Permanent Strike Replacements Can Constitute an Unfair Labor Practice

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) and the courts have long recognized an employer’s right to hire permanent replacements for economic strikers. Permanent replacements have traditionally been viewed as an employer’s...more

Department of Labor Provides Limited Opportunity to Obtain Advice Without Triggering the New "Persuader Rule"

The Department of Labor’s recently-issued Final Rule, 81 Fed. Reg. 15924 (the “Persuader Rule”) imposes upon employers and their advisors (including lawyers and consultants), for the first time, the obligation to file public...more

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