The Impact of the FOIA on NLRB Discovery Procedures

A prerequisite to filing a suit under the FOIA is the exhaustion of administrative remedies; in an unfair labor practice hearing, this means petitioning the Board for discovery. The increase in the number of suits against the Board under the FOIA demonstrates a growing dissatisfaction with the Board’s discovery procedures. This article will discuss the impact of the FOIA on the Board’s policies and practices and will examine various factors which must be considered in applying the Act to the NLRB.