NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD
OFFICE OF THE GENERAL COUNSEL
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20570
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|Monday, July 1, 2002
Based on a successful six-month trial, National Labor
Relations Board General Counsel Arthur F. Rosenfeld has decided to permit
charging parties to electronically file extension-of-time requests in cases
before the Office of Appeals in Washington, D.C.
The General Counsel's Office of Appeals handles appeals by
charging parties whose unfair labor practice charges were dismissed, deferred or
unilaterally settled by Regional Offices. Under a pilot program begun in
December 2001 and limited to four Regional Offices, the Agency permitted
E-filing of extension of time (EOT) requests in such cases by using the NLRB web
site (www.nlrb.gov). The four Regions were:
Atlanta, GA (Region 10), Chicago, IL (Region 13), Newark, NJ (Region 22), and
Phoenix, AZ (Region 28). Starting immediately, this program is expanded for use
in all Regions.
Visitors to the site's Electronic Filings page can request
extensions of time (EOT) online, in addition to filing requests by fax and
ordinary mail, from the Office of Appeals. To use the EOT system online, a
Charging Party receiving a letter extending appeal rights to the Office of
Appeals will also be given an access code certificate. This certificate will
enable the Charging Party to access the system. When a user clicks
"Electronic Filings" on the NLRB's home page, a screen opens listing
web-enabled filings, including a link to Request for an Extension of Time to
File an Appeal. Selecting this link opens a login screen at which users will
enter their (lead) case number and access code. This brings users to the
system's Home Page.
The Home Page displays information about the
particular case, including the current date by which an appeal must be filed.
The Request an Extension of Time page enables the Charging Party to
request a new date and explain the reason for the request. The View Extension
of Time page enables the Charging Party to view the status of his/her
request. It is strongly suggested that Charging Parties not share the access
codes with anyone other than someone authorized to act on their behalf, as the
Agency will assume that anyone using them had permission to do so.
In letters extending appeal rights, the Regional Directors
set forth the date on which the appeal is due. The online request for an
extension of time to file an appeal must be sent no later than 5:00 pm (ET) on
that date. The status of online requests may be checked by returning to Request
for an Extension of Time to File an Appeal area and then entering the case
number on the access code certificate and the access code. For an additional
extension of time, users should follow the original instructions.
The NLRB acceptance of online requests for extension of
time to file an appeal is another agency initiative implementing the Government
Paperwork and Elimination Act. The E-FOIA Request Form was developed in June
2001 as part of the agency's commitment to enable the public to more fully
communicate with the agency using electronic means.
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