By Justin Snow| Maryland Reporter
ANNAPOLIS — Beginning this fall, confidentiality privileges will be extended to labor organizations and their members, raising concerns that these new protections could interfere with federal law.
One of hundreds of bills that came across Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s desk for his signature earlier this month, the new law will protect union representatives from having to disclose information received in confidence during grievance proceedings.
The law will extend the confidentiality clause applied to relationships between physicians and patients, psychologists and patients, clergy and parishioners, and attorneys and clients to unions and employees, said the bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Brian Frosh, D-Montgomery.