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Research and Functional Guidance

Advice Memos

Advice memoranda issue guidance to regional office directing dismissal of charges.

Collaboration with Foreign Embassies

The National Labor Relations Board is a strong proponent of outreach to the public to promote broader awareness of workers’ rights protected under the NLRA and of the services the Agency provides to workers, employers, and unions to guarantee those rights. It is of utmost importance to provide the public with information, guidance, and access to resources regarding rights and responsibilities under the Act and to develop ways to most effectively communicate such information.

General Counsel Memos

General Counsel memoranda are issued to field offices and/or Washington offices by the General Counsel to provide policy guidance.

Inspector General

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is an independent office created within the NLRB by the Inspector General Act Amendments of 1988.  The OIG’s mission is to prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement, and to promote economy and efficiency.  The OIG carries out its responsibilities by conducting audits, investigations, and other inquiries relating to NLRB programs and operations.


Our manuals are written for legal and non-legal audiences and provide a wealth of material useful for understanding and navigating NLRB cases.

Hard copies for many of the following manuals may be ordered through the Government Printing Office here:

Operations-Management Memos

Operations-Management memoranda are issued to the field offices from the Division of Operations-Management of the General Counsel’s Office in Washington to give direction in case handling matters.

Rules & Regulations

On December 15, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board adopted changes to its representation case procedures. Those changes became effective April 14, 2015 and are being applied to all petitions filed on or after April 14, 2015. Petitions filed before April 14, 2015 are being processed under the representation case procedures that were in effect when the petition was filed and do not include the changes that became effective April 14, 2015. Accordingly, the Rules with and without the changes appear below.

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