Online NLRB decisions are offered in PDF format. Slip opinions are subject to revision before publication in bound volumes.
The Board decisions listed here are not intended or appropriate for publication and are not binding precedent, except with respect to the parties in the specific case. The Board began posting unpublished decisions on February 4, 2011.
The Office of the Executive Secretary has identified the following Notable Board Decisions that may be of special interest to the labor-management community.
These decision summaries are provided for informational purposes only and are not intended to substitute for the opinions of the National Labor Relations Board.
On January 4, 2012, three individuals were named as recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. On June 26, 2014, the United States Supreme Court ruled in NLRB v. Noel Canning, 134 S. Ct. 2550 (2014), that these appointments to the Board were not valid. Below is a list of contested cases in which one or more of these appointees participated in the issuance of a decision.
After a Regional Director issues a complaint in an unfair labor practice case, an NLRB Administrative Law Judge hears the case and issues a decision and recommended order, which can then be appealed to the Board in Washington. If no exceptions are filed, the judge's order becomes the order of the Board. An administrative law judge's decision is not binding legal precedent in other cases unless it has been adopted by the Board on review of exceptions; these judges function much like trial court judges hearing a case without a jury.
Advice memoranda issue guidance to regional office directing dismissal of charges.
After the Board issues a decision and final order in a contested unfair labor practice case, any person aggrieved may seek review of the final order, and the Board may seek enforcement of its order, in an appropriate United States Court of Appeals. The General Counsel represents the Board in the Court of Appeals.
The Contempt, Compliance, and Special Litigation Branch (CCSLB) represents the Board and the General Counsel in all suits not statutorily based on Sections 10(e) and (f) of the Act, and conducts civil and criminal contempt litigation to obtain compliance with Board orders.
The National Labor Relations Board occasionally invites the public and all interested parties to file amicus briefs in cases of significance or high interest.
Every case in the Agency’s Next Generation Case Management System (NxGen) has a corresponding “case page” that allows the public to see activity in that case and provides direct links to available public documents. With this page, the Agency is taking its first step towards presenting lists of cases for organizations that are of interest to the public. We expect to maintain this page, with organizations being added or removed as circumstances warrant.
The Weekly Summary of Decisions is a digest of decisions issued by the Board and Administrative Law Judges each week, with a short description of the issues and facts of the case and a link to the decision, and also decisions by Appellate Courts involving NLRB cases.
Three types of Regional election Decisions are available here:
- Decisions and Directions of Elections (D&DEs) - the Regional Director concludes that the prerequisites to an election have been satisfied and directs that an election be conducted.
- Decisions and Orders (D&Os) - the Regional Director determines that an election should not be conducted and the petition is dismissed.
- Regional Director Supplemental Decision on Objections and Challenges - a post-election decision resolving objections and/or challenges with or without a post-election hearing.
Links to tools and resources for legal researchers.