Chairman Alexander Statement on Trump Administration Decision to Rescind the “Persuader Rule”

Posted on July 17, 2018

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2018 — Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after the Department of Labor rescinded the Obama Administration’s “persuader rule” 

“The Trump Administration’s decision to rescind the so-called ‘persuader rule’ is welcome news for American workplaces. The rule undermined attorney-client privilege by requiring employers to tell the federal government that they have, for example, been advised by a lawyer about what they can say to their employees in a speech about a union organizing campaign. According to the Tennessee Bar Association, the rule would have discouraged lawyers from giving legal advice to employers due to confidentiality concerns.”


In 2016, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas ruled that the rule exceeded the Obama Administration’s authority under the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act and issued a nationwide permanent injunction of the rule.