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Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS)

Hardship Exemptions for Electronic Filing

Form LM-2 reports must be submitted electronically. However, a labor organization that must file Form LM-2 may assert a temporary hardship exemption or apply for a continuing hardship exemption to prepare and submit the report in paper format.

Temporary Hardship Exemption:

If a labor organization experiences unanticipated technical difficulties that prevent the timely preparation and submission of an electronic filing, the organization may file its Form LM-2 report in paper format by the required due date. An electronic format copy of the filed paper format document shall be submitted to the Department within ten business days after the required due date. The labor organization should indicate in Item 3 (Amended, Hardship Exempted, or Terminal Report) that the labor organization is filing under the hardship exemption procedures.

The report must be mailed to the following address:

U.S. Department of Labor
Office of Labor-Management Standards
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Room N-5119
Washington, DC 20210-0001

Note: If either the paper filing or the electronic filing is not received in the timeframe specified above, the report will be considered delinquent.

Continuing Hardship Exemption:

A labor organization may apply in writing for a continuing hardship exemption if the Form LM-2 report cannot be filed electronically without undue burden or expense. Such written application must be received at least thirty days prior to the required due date of the report(s). The written application must contain the information set forth in paragraph (a).

The application must be mailed to the following address:

U.S. Department of Labor
Office of Labor-Management Standards
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Room N-5609
Washington, DC 20210-0001

Questions regarding the application should be directed to the OLMS Division of Interpretations and Standards, which can be reached at the above address, by email at olms-public@dol.gov, by phone at 202-693-0123, or by fax at 202-693-1340.

(a) The request for the continuing hardship exemption shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (1) the justification for the requested time period of the exemption; (2) the burden and expense that the union would incur if it was required to make an electronic submission; and (3) the reasons for not submitting the report(s) electronically. The applicant must specify a length of time for a requested exemption, not to exceed one year.

(b) The continuing hardship exemption shall not be deemed granted until the Department notifies the applicant in writing. If the Department denies the application for an exemption, the labor organization shall file the report(s) in electronic format by the required due date. If the Department determines that the grant of the exemption is appropriate and consistent with the public interest and the protection of union members and so notifies the applicant, the labor organization shall follow the procedures set forth in paragraph (c).

(c) If the request is granted, the labor organization shall submit the report(s) in paper format by the required due date. The filer may be required to submit Form LM-2 in electronic format upon the expiration of the period for which the exemption is granted.

Note: If either the paper filing or the electronic filing is not received in the timeframe specified above, the report will be considered delinquent.


Last Updated: 09/28/10