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Department of Labor Scales Back Financial Oversight of Unions

Last week, the Department of Labor (DOL) scaled back its financial oversight of unions. Under the Trump Administration Rule, unions had to report strike fund, apprenticeship program and other “trust fund” information to the DOL. The Trump Administration viewed the Rule as anti-corruption (member and public protection, citing recent criminal convictions of UAW leaders) and anti-malfeasance (union self-protection). 

Last week, the DOL moved to end the Trump Rule. First, while the Rule still exists, the Biden Administration DOL announced it will not be enforced. Second, the DOL will start procedural steps to formally rescind the Rule. A DOL official explained the moves: (1) The Rule may not be legal; (2) the Rule’s burdens likely outweigh any benefits; and (3) the DOL has better things to do with its resources.

©2021 Roetzel & AndressNational Law Review, Volume XI, Number 96
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Barry Freeman Attorney Labor Employment Roetzel Andress Law Firm Cleveland
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With over 25 years as a labor and employment attorney and trial lawyer, Barry Y. Freeman has joined Roetzel’s Employment Services Group as a Shareholder in the firm’s Cleveland office. He represents employers of all sizes in litigation and administrative matters, in addition to providing his clients with day-to-day counseling, strategic advice and compliance guidance. 

Because Mr. Freeman empathizes with each of his clients, he aggressively defends them and their businesses by utilizing creative legal strategies. Since no two cases are alike, Mr...

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