ABA opposes Labor Department's disclosure-rule proposal

09/23/2011 | ABAJournal.com

A proposed rule by the U.S. Labor Department would require lawyers who provide legal advice to employers and engage in "persuader activities" to file disclosure reports even if they don't interact directly with employees. ABA President William Robinson III wrote in a comment letter that the rule would force lawyers to reveal confidential information such as the client's identity. He said it "could seriously undermine both the confidential client-lawyer relationship and the employers' fundamental right to counsel."

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