The U.S. Labor Department releases a long-awaited rule, the so-called persuader rule that was first proposed in 2011. The regulation requires companies to disclose when they seek advice about countering union campaigns. The final rule will apply to contracts beginning on July 1, 2016. Several business groups, such as the National Retail Federation, the Associated Builders and Contractors, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers, object because the rule limits employers' free speech rights to counter union organizing, it could interfere with attorney-client privilege, etc. Court challenges are expected.
Four Papa John's Pizza franchise owners agree to a settlement of about $500,000 after admitting to paying employees unfair wages, according to Thursday's announcement by New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman and the U.S. Labor Department. Schneiderman has reached settlements with several other Papa John's franchises, including one for over $2 million. Out-of-court settlements have also been reached with other fast-food franchises.