The National Labor Relations Board is the agency which handles labor law issues. Although the NLRB is entrusted to deal with employer and union situations, the NLRB also exists to protect employee’s rights. The NLRB covers most private-sector workplaces. Railway and airplace workplaces are covered by the National Mediation Board. The Federal Labor Relations Authority covers federal employees, with the exception of employees of the Postal Service. State and local employees are covered by state agencies.
The recent upgrade to the NLRB website is pivotal for young lawyers who are trying to understand labor law, labor procedures, and how to effectively use the NLRB. These are some of the important research points you should be aware of:
- NLRB Manuals. The NLRB Manuals correspond to a general collection of case law by topic.
- Case Decisions. Under Case-Decisions, the NLRB lists cases as decided by the Board, Administrative Law Judges, and Unpublished decisions. This section also hosts a weekly summary of the cases that have been decided.
- General Counsel Memos. You also have access to opinion memorandums regarding existing labor law. The General Counsel Memos are especially helpful if you are trying to understand how the NLRB might interpret labor law.
- Case Search. You may also conduct your own search to try to find applicable materials.
- Free E-mail Subscription. You can also sign up to get updates regarding News Releases, Announcements, Weekly Summary of Decisions, Board Decisions, Administrative Law Judge Decisions, Regional Election Decisions, General Counsel Memos, Operation-Management Memos, Appellate Court briefs and motions, Regional News, and Social Media Feeds. You may choose to receive updates daily or weekly.
- E-filing. Like federal court systems that use electronic filing, the NLRB also accepts E-filing.
You may E-File the following documents:
- Answer to Complaint/Compliance Specification
- Appeal Filings
- Amicus Brief or Reply to Amicus Brief, Post Hearing Brief, Briefs in Support of Motions
- Disclaimer of Interest
- EAJA Applications
- Excelsior List
- Exceptions or Cross Exceptions
- Extension of Time Request
- Formal Settlement Agreement
- Motions, Oppositions to Motions, and Replies to Oppositions to Motions
- Motion to Stay Election
- Notice of Appearance
- Objections to Election
- Petition to Revoke Subpoenas or Response
- Position Statement
- Request for Review and Oppositions to a Request for Review
- Request for Special Permission to Appeal
- Requests to Proceed with Election
- Settlement Agreement
- Service Documents
- Withdrawal Request
You may NOT E-File the following documents:
- Unfair Labor Practice Charges
- Representation Petitions
- Petitions for Advisory Opinions
- A document that is more than twenty (20) megabytes in size