Washington, D.C – The Judges Division of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued an updated Bench Book, which replaces the last update issued in March 2021. The Bench Book serves as an NLRB trial manual and is designed to provide NLRB administrative law judges (ALJs) with a reference guide during hearings. It is also a useful tool for practitioners before the Board because it sets forth Board precedent and other rulings and authorities on certain recurring procedural and evidentiary issues that may arise during hearings.

The January 2022 edition updates last year’s edition with citations to numerous additional Board and court decisions. It also includes substantial additional discussion of various matters, including evidentiary issues relating to electronically stored information (ESI).

The 2022 edition was edited by ALJ Jeffrey Wedekind, who has served as editor since 2010, and ALJs Sharon Steckler and Mara-Louise Anzalone, as associate editors. It also includes a foreword by Chief ALJ Robert Giannasi describing the Bench Book’s history and purpose.

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