Thanks to Mitch McConnell and his fellow Senate Republicans giving in to Harry Reid’s “nuclear” threat last month, America’s employers–large and small–and their consultants and attorneys will be shocked when Obama’s new labor secretary Thomas Perez releases the Department of Labor’s proposed “persuader” regulations in November.

Originally included as part of the 1959 Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act during the crackdown on corrupt unions, the LMRDA currently requires employers to disclose the fees paid to advisors (either attorneys or consultants) who “persuade” employees in the exercise of their Section Seven Rights under the National Labor Relations Act.

Under the threat of criminal penalty for willful failure to file the required reports, the interpretation of this provision has always been applied to those companies who hire consultants who meet directly with employees regarding union activity.

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