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Documents connected to an unfair labor practice or representation cases filed in will now have to be submitted electronically to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) under a new policy announced yesterday.

The Office of the General Counsel has issued Memorandum GC 20-01 announcing the new policy. It requires all affidavits, correspondence, position statements, documentary or other evidence in connection with unfair labor practice or representation cases processed in regional offices be submitted through the agency’s electronic filing (e-filing) system.

It’s part of the procedural amendments NLRB adopted in 2017.

According to a statement by the board:

“Electronic filing provides a streamlined procedure to automatically store documents received by the Agency. Use of this automatic electronic filing system will ensure both the integrity and accuracy of Regional office case files. This system will also reduce the time and effort expended by Regional office employees in scanning or otherwise ensuring that documents were properly placed in the appropriate electronic case file. The automated filing process allows Agency employees to devote more time to substantive case-handling matters, in furtherance of the Board’s strategic goals to reduce case processing time.

“The new requirements do not apply to the filing of unfair labor practice charges or petitions in representation proceedings. Parties in such cases are encouraged to use the Agency’s e-filing system to file charges and petitions, but may continue to use regular mail, personal delivery, and/or facsimile to file and serve the documents.

“While the e-filing requirement will be effective immediately, there will be a 90-day grace period. During the grace period, these documents will continue to be accepted when filed through means other than the e-filing system, including e-mail, fax or hand delivery.”