On January 12, 2017, the Department of Labor filed a notice of appeal of District Judge Sam R. Cummings’ November order that blocked the Department of Labor’s controversial “persuader rule.” The rule, discussed by HRLegalist when it was announced in March 2016, required employers to disclose their agreements with outside consultants hired to discourage employees from unionizing, was met with staunch opposition from both law firms and businesses. In particular, attorneys decried the perceived infringement on their attorney-client privilege while employers argued that the rule dissuaded them from consulting with counsel. Continue Reading