Bloomberg Law
April 28, 2021, 1:44 PM

Biden DOL Explores Redo of Obama Union-Avoidance Reporting Rule

Ben Penn
Ben Penn

The U.S. Labor Department is mulling a return to an Obama-era regulation that would give the public unprecedented transparency into employers’ reliance on outside consultants and attorneys to help them oppose union organizing drives.

“We are definitely looking at the ‘persuader’ rule, no question about it,” Jeffrey Freund, director of the DOL’s Office of Labor-Management Standards, said in his first interview since he was appointed on Inauguration Day.

Freund, who joined the administration fresh off a 40-year career as a prominent union-side attorney, stopped short of committing to reissuing the deeply controversial rule, acknowledging the legal hurdles such a move ...

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