Action Needed to Improve Case Processing Time at National Labor Relations Board Headquarters

T-HRD-91-1: Published: Oct 3, 1990. Publicly Released: Oct 3, 1990.

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GAO discussed the length of time the five-member headquarters National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) took to decide appealed regional cases and decisions. GAO noted that: (1) between fiscal year 1984 and 1989, the median times to decide appeals of regional actions were among the highest in NLRB history; (2) median times for decisions on appealed unfair labor practice cases ranged from 273 to 395 days; (3) median times for decisions appealed representation cases ranged from 190 to 256 days; (4) NLRB headquarters took more than 2 years to decide about 17 percent of the appealed cases; (5) despite improved decisionmaking in 1989, the median time for NLRB to decide appealed unfair labor practice cases was substantially higher than in 1980, and 21 percent of the unfair practice labor practice cases took over 2 years; and (6) case delays resulted from a lack of standards and procedures to prevent excessive case delays, a lack of timely decisions on lead cases, and NLRB member turnover and vacancies.

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