The National Labor Relations Board has issued a Notice of Proposed Rule making, proposing amendments to several existing procedures in representation cases. In issuing this proposal, the Board has stated that it hopes to reduce unnecessary litigation, streamline pre- and post-election procedures, and facilitate the use of electronic communications and document filing. However, this will result in a shorter time between the filing of a petition for an election, which may affect employers' campaigns.A public hearing will be conducted on July 18, 2011. Comments must be received by August 22, 2011.

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