DOL announces revised LM-30 reporting requirements
On July 2, the Department of Labor announced revisions to the LM-30 reporting requirements for union officers and employees.
Union officers and employees (except employees performing exclusively clerical or custodial services) must file a Labor Organization Officer and Employee Report, Form LM-30, if they or their spouses or minor children have certain interests or dealings. Labor organization officers and employees who are required to file Form LM-30 must do so within 90 days after the end of their fiscal year.
The reporting requirements are designed to disclose possible conflicts between personal interests and the officer's or employee's duty to the union and its members. The Final Rule is effective for fiscal years beginning August 16, 2007 and thereafter. The current Form LM-30 may be filed for reports covering any fiscal year beginning before that date.
The July 2 announcement describes some of the major changes as:
1. An individual who is paid by the employer to perform union work, either under a "union leave" or "no-docking" policy, is an employee of the labor organization for reporting purposes if the individual performs services for, and under the control of, the labor organization. Such payments must be reported on Form LM-30 unless they totaled 250 hours or less for the year and were made pursuant to a bona fide collective bargaining agreement.
2. Labor organization officers and employees do not have to report any payments or gifts totaling $250 or less from any one source. Payments or gifts valued at $20 or less do not need to be included in determining whether the $250 threshold has been met.
3. The scope of the terms "your labor organization" or "your union" as applied to a labor organization official is narrower than that proposed in the NPRM. Local officials are excluded from reporting financial interests in businesses and employers that are involved with higher level components of their union's hierarchy. The reporting obligations of officials of national and international labor organizations and intermediate bodies have also been clarified and reduced from the proposal in the NPRM.
More information is available from the Department of Labor website.
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