The Labor Department has revoked a rule that requires employers to report whenever they seek assistance from consultants or lawyers to dissuade employees from joining unions.
Department officials concluded that the measure infringes on attorney-client privilege by requiring the disclosure of confidential information, a position in line with senior living officials.
“By rescinding this rule, the department stands up for the rights of Americans to ask a question of their attorney without mandated disclosure to the government,” Deputy Assistant Secretary Nathan Mehrens noted in a statement.
More than 50 business groups had sued to block the rule, which never took effect. In late 2016, a federal judge issued a permanent national injunction. With the rule removed, employers will only be required to file reports when consultants have been in direct communication with employees.