The Department of Labor fully rescinded the 2016 changes made to the Persuader Rules. The DOL concluded that the 2016 rule changes “exceeded the authority of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA)” because they “impinged on attorney-client privilege. The action rescinding the rule was announced in a July 17, 2018 News Release . In announcing the change back to the prior rule, Deputy Assistant Secretary Nathan Mehrens remarked, “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.” This action is the conclusion of the DOL’s year-long effort to rescind the rule changes, which the agency started last year.
The 2016 rule changes never went into effect and had been enjoined by a federal district court almost immediately upon promulgation.