LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) — Arkansas Attorney
General Leslie Rutledge has announced a federal judge has granted Arkansas and
nine other states the right to intervene in a case that challenges the U.S.
Department of Labor’s (DOL) Persuader Advice Exemption Rule.
Rutledge is leading the coalition of states along with Texas
Attorney General Ken Paxton.
“This rule will jeopardize the ability of employers to get
the confidential legal advice they need,” Rutledge said. “Privacy and
confidentiality have long been the norm not the exception of the legal
profession but the federal government is attempting to shred the
attorney-client relationship and turn it into a partisan issue. The employer’s
relationship with its legal counsel must be protected, and I am grateful the
judge has granted our request to intervene in this case.”
The DOL’s new rule mandates small businesses and their
outside counsel disclose confidential information, communications and
relationships in labor relations matters. Rutledge’s office believes this
rule is a reversal of how the department has conducted business for the last
Rutledge sent a letter to the U.S. Office of Management and
Budget earlier this year to oppose the rule. She believes the rule places undue
burden on small businesses.