On June 21, 2011, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board), Member Hayes dissenting, proposed reforms of its procedures regarding representation elections. The proposals will impact Board procedures prior and subsequent to conducting a secret ballot election to determine if employees wish to be represented for purposes of collective bargaining. According to the NLRB, the proposed amendments are intended to “reduce unnecessary litigation, streamline pre- and post-election procedures, and facilitate the use of electronic communications and document filing.”

The NLRB invites comments on its proposal at a public Board hearing scheduled for July 18 (and possibly July 19), or during a 60-day period for written comments, with 14 days for replies, that may be submitted electronically through www.regulations.gov or by mail to the Board’s Washington D.C. headquarters.  

The following table1 provides a side-by-side comparison of the proposed amendments:

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