NLRB Restarts Hearings June 1
The agency is facing a huge backlog of cases after closing for two months
National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) cases have been suspended since March due to the COVID-19 crisis. In those two months, cases have begun to pile up, no doubt from employers violating labor law during the crisis.
To deal with the backlog, the NLRB has announced that they will begin hearing unfair labor practice cases on June 1. "The agency has since taken the necessary steps to acquire the licenses and equipment needed to conduct such hearings remotely using online videoconferencing technology," said the NLRB in a statement posted on their website.
However, in a typical pro-employer move, only cases against companies that are currently operating will be heard. This means cases against companies that are closed due to the pandemic will be postponed until they reopen. Judges will also have the authority to hold the hearings online or in person.
The move to restart hearings is just the latest step in bringing the agency back online. Earlier in May, the NLRB announced that they would once again conduct union elections. They have since held several vote by mail elections.