On March 24, the Department of Labor published the new Persuader Rule affecting employers, consultants, and lawyers. The rule, set to become effective on April 25, 2016, applies to all arrangements, agreements and payments made on or after July 1, 2016. The Persuader Rule requires employers and their hired consultants to report when the consultants directly persuade workers or when the consultants acts to plan, direct or coordinate managers to persuade workers; provide persuader materials to employers to disseminate to workers; conduct union avoidance seminars; or develop or implement personnel policies or actions to persuade workers.
The new rule has generated a concern from employer groups and attorneys. Litigation is already pending that seeks to stop the rule altogether.
To review the Persuader Rule posted on the Federal Registry, click here. For more detailed information about the Persuader Rule, visit Hall, Render, Killian, and Lyman’s Labor and Employment Law blog post. Members who have questions about the audit process can contact Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman for assistance and additional information.