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AHA says new federal labor rule could discourage hospitals from seeking legal counsel
Modern Healthcare

The American Hospital Association says a new Labor Department rule meant to shine a light on clandestine anti-union campaigns will have a chilling effect on hospitals’ ability to seek expert advice on labor and collective bargaining issues.

Labor groups, meanwhile, cheer the rule, saying it informs workers who are often in the dark about who’s behind efforts to dissuade them from unionizing.

The final rule, released Wednesday, will require employers to report agreements with consultants who work on labor-management activities, often crafting the message employers use to convince employees not to form or join unions. Current law already requires labor organizations, consultants and employers to file reports and reveal what they spend on labor-management activities.

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