DoL Issues Notice of Form LM-30 Changes

August 29, 2005 ( - The Department of Labor's (DoL's) Office of Labor Management Standards (OLMS) has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to update the Form LM-30, required by the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA).

The LM-30 disclosure form is required to be used by labor union officers and employees to report potential conflicts of interest, including those involving union benefit plans.

In a press release, the DoL said its OLMS ended a “grace period” for union officers and employees to comply with the statutory LM-30 filing requirements on August 15.   Along with the AFL-CIO and other unions, it provided extensive assistance on what transactions and financial activities should be reported.   During the grace period, the OLMS received over 10,000 submissions, compared to 60 to 90 filed annually in past years, according to the release.

The DoL, in its news release, says the proposed changes to the Form LM-30 seeks to simplify filing requirements and close loopholes in the current form by:

  • Explaining key terms used in the statute and providing examples of financial matters that must be reported,
  • eliminating exemptions that allow filers to exclude certain financial matters that would otherwise be part of LMRDA reporting requirements and could present potential conflicts of interests for union officers and employees
  • making the report clearer for union members to review by adding a summary table on the front page of the report and supporting schedules.

The DoL will receive public comment on the notice before October 28 via the web portal .

The published notice can be found    here .