IEC Tells DOL to Rescind the Persuader Rule

IEC submitted comments in response to the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to rescind the Obama administration’s persuader rule. The Obama administration had proposed an expansion of the persuader rule that would subject all outside labor law attorneys and consultants, as well as the businesses that hire them, to certain reporting requirements. For decades, these reporting requirements have only applied to situations where businesses hired third party consultants that had direct contact with employees on labor matters.

Late in 2016, a federal judge in Texas issued a permanent injunction against the rule, preventing it from taking effect. IEC expects the Trump administration to drop its defense of the rule. A copy of the IEC’s comments, which were crafted with the assistance of the law firm Ogletree Deakins, can be found here.