Arbitration Appeal Procedural Review Checklist

In order to be timely, an exception to an arbitration award must be filed (i.e., postmarked, deposited with a commercial delivery service that will provide a record showing the date the document was tendered to the delivery service, delivered in person, or eFiled through the FLRA's eFiling System) with the Office of Case Intake and Publication (CIP), Federal Labor Relations Authority in Washington, D.C., within 30 days beginning on the date after the award is served on the filing party.  5 C.F.R. § 2425.2(b) (October 1, 2010).   The exceptions must contain, at a minimum, the following listed items: 

  • Statement of the grounds (listed in 5 C.F.R. § 2425.6) on which review is requested
  • Evidence or rulings bearing on the issues before the Authority
  • Arguments in support of the stated grounds  
  • Specific reference to the record and citations of authorities in support of those arguments 
  • Legible copies of any documents referenced in the arguments, with the exception of documents that are readily accessible to the Authority (such as Authority decisions, decisions of Federal courts, and current provisions of the United States Code and the Code of Federal Regulations)
  • Legible copies of the arbitrator's award
  • A statement regarding whether requesting an expedited, abbreviated decision under 5 C.F.R. § 2425.7, and, if so, arguments in support of such request
  • Arbitrator’s name, mailing address, and, if available and authorized for use by the arbitrator, the arbitrator’s e-mail address or facsimile number
  • A table of contents if the document exceeds 10 double-spaced pages in length (unless filed electronically through the FLRA's eFiling System)

A complete copy of the exceptions, including all attachments, must:

  • Be filed with CIP by mail, certified mail, commercial delivery, personal delivery, or electronically through the FLRA's eFiling System
  • Contain a signed and dated statement of service with the names and addresses of the parties served, date of service, nature of the document served, and method of service (i.e., mail, certified mail, commercial delivery, personal delivery, or email, but only where the party has consented to email service)
  • Contain a signed original and 4 complete and legible copies of all docu