Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Workforce: National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Update

In December 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) released its long-promised revision to its representation-case procedures to modernize and streamline the process for resolving representation disputes. Also known as the “Quickie Election” rule, NLRB believes that this rule will help the agency to better fulfill its duty to protect employees’ rights by fairly, efficiently and expeditiously resolving questions of representation. The final NLRB rule will speed up elections and expedite the filing and hearing process. Key provisions in the rule include:

· Provides for electronic filing and transmission of election petitions;

· Ensures employees, employers and unions receive timely information they need to understand and participate in the representation case process;

· Eliminates or reduces unnecessary litigation, duplication and delay;

· Adopts best practices and uniform procedures across regions;

· Requires additional contact information; and

· Allows parties to consolidate all election-related appeals to the NLFB into a single appeals process.

The rule is effective on April 14, 2015. To obtain a copy of the 700-page NLRB rule go to To see NLRB’s factsheet on the rule go to

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